Summer Interns at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP include:
SCA Interns - college students or recent graduates who serve in the Interpretive, Resource Management, or Education departments. They gain valuable career skills and provide critical capacity to park operations and programs.
George Perkins Marsh Interns through the SCA - are rising college freshman. They participate in a career exploration journey by participating in leadership development training as well as through completion of work projects in each park division.
As the weeks pass, it all seems like it is coming together. This week was full of reflections. It has been a busy first half of the summer and as the pace picks up, and anticipating the weeks ahead, I don’t know if we have been valuing the little things or our time here as well as we would like.
I have been working for the past two weeks as a National Park Foundation intern with my friend, Jack Greene. Throughout the summer I hope to learn more about the park service, create and help with projects and events, and discover what the next steps for youth are in environmental work within and outside of the park.
The second week of my internship at MABI was better than the first, I think mainly because we got away from the orientation materials and instead worked on the actual jobs we will be doing for the whole summer.
Making a Difference Last week a storm had blown through Woodstock and knocked down a lot of trees in the National Park which opened an opportunity for me and a couple other interns to get the chance to work with Peter Glover, of the maintenance division.
This past week, I worked unsupervised successfully. To be honest, I was a bit nervous to work alone at first on the fourth of July (one of the busiest days of the year on the farm), although everything went smoothly.
My name is Sarah Martin and I would like to tell you my story.
You see, I was hired through the Student Conservation Association (the SCA) to Mentor 4 interns under the George Perkins Marsh program this summer, here at Marsh-Billings Rockefeller NHP. But this is not where the story begins...
As I experience nature in different parts of the world I'm starting to find peace and serenity within myself and my surroundings, at a very young age. Though Vermont is only three hours and two states away from Rhode Island, it's a very different place from home; I feel as if I traveled into a different world.
My first week of the George Perkins Marsh Internship with the SCA has been quite a ride. And to think I thought I knew this place! Though I’ve lived in Woodstock for 11+ years, this internship is already teaching me new things about the special place I call home.
I have only been working here for a week and yet I have already learned so much. Working with the other interns has been interesting so far; despite each of our unique characteristics, we get along well.
Besides, learning about invasive plants I have had other opportunities since I have been at MABI which include exploring the historical aspect of the park as well as the neighboring farm and being able to meet the Deputy Director of the National Park Service.