Over this past year we have had a number of talented interns and fellows immersed in FOR’s offices and programming. I have had the unique opportunity to work with them all and see them grow, but also see them challenge the organization to do more and be more for our community.
“Working with FOR to me means fixing the problems of today while focusing on possibilities of the future. I love trying to make meaningful impacts to our ecosystem so that near the end of my life it will still be here and thriving” .
“Interning with FOR has prepared me for a career by structuring my work tasks with project management and working with organizations and coworkers to create maps that fit their criteria. I have gained experience through helping run events and collaborating with others to get tasks done as well.”
In addition to her work on Urban Heat Islands, Sarah has collaborated with FOR staff to build a print and digital interactive Upper Rappahannock Water Trails Map. This map will further support our education and restoration efforts while acting as visual evidence of how advocating for public access and environmental experiences can continue to support the river.
“Everyone on the staff has taken the time to introduce me to not one, but many aspects to running an environmental non-profit organization such as restoration projects, education, advocacy, and social media. As a fellow, I have had the chance to dip my feet in many different projects that have taught me skills I can use in my future endeavors.”
Through this “bootcamp” she has had the opportunity to really discover what aspects of environmental work she is passionate for and next semester will continue by working on her own project to support the organization and river.
“I didn’t comprehend the disconnect between a lot of folks and nature until I was in high school, so I hoped to bring that connection back through education and outreach. FOR has wonderful resources through experiential learning and people, so it only solidified my interest in the environmental field.”
Since becoming the York River Steward, Heather has had opportunities to use the skills she learned from her time at AmeriCorps and FOR to support her role in sharing resources and education with her watershed. Check out her York River Steward social media (Facebook & Instagram) and follow her as she continues to educate the Mattaponi and York River Watershed community about ways they can protect and support their watershed.
To learn more about our Internship opportunities, visit our website at riverfriends.org
Written by Communication Coordinator Carleigh Starkston, last modified Nov 2022