End of the Internship Reflection

As we approached the last week of our 2013-2014 resident programs, we asked our intern staff to reflect back on the year.  Here is what they had to say:

MaddieMADDIE:

Any advice for future interns?

Take advantage of the park, get plenty of sleep, have fun at work and be goofy with your coworkers, remember that you are impacting students and making a difference even if it doesn’t always seem like it.

Plans for the summer/next year?

Staying as a teaching intern for summer camp then starting a M.S. Biology program at Oakland University in Michigan to work with amphibian disease and parasites!

 Sum up the internship with just 3 words:

Time flies fast

Any other comments/ facts you want to share?

This experience turned out to be way more rewarding than I ever imagined, I learned so many new things and discovered the importance of interpretation and education in conservation. This internship helped me grow as a professional and an individual.

SusanSUSAN:

Favorite quote from a camper?

Me, “Does anybody know what a naturalist is?”

Child, “Someone who doesn’t shave?”

Plans for the summer/next year?

I will be staying at the EEC as an administrative intern for the next year and I am very excited to learn even more skills!

What are your true feelings about Alex Bevan?

Essentially he is my hero. All the Rivers Run is now the theme song for my life. It’s in my dreams, I sing in for my family and friends, I hum it as I clean. I don’t know where I would be if he had never written that song.

Sum up the internship with just 3 words:

Amazing, Educational, Friendship

Kate
KATE:

Any advice for future interns?

Don’t be afraid to break out of your shell and grow.  This job is really good at facilitating growth.

Plans for the summer/next year?

Working at the EEC for the summer!

Sum up the internship with just 3 words:

Incredible, Transformative, Rewarding

Any other comments/ facts you want to share?

It’s amazing to see how nature touches the souls of the children we work with, from a child who had never seen a frog before, to a child who expressed how profoundly they were touched by a walk in the woods, I will always treasure the memories of the children I worked with at CVEEC.

ChrisCHRIS:

Favorite quote from a camper?

Me- “What city is south of Cleveland?”

Camper- “North Dakota”

Plans for the summer/next year?

I will be starting my Master’s Degree in Biology, as well as starting my job at the Cleveland Zoo as an Interpreter, and starting my new position at the EEC.

What will you miss most about the EEC?

I will probably miss Rich and Devon (our kitchen staff) the most.  I had some really funny conversations with them and I’ll miss their food.

MyshaMYSHA:

One thing you learned from the year. (Life skills/Facts)

I learned soo many things, too many to fit on a page. But to name two: I learned how to hold a crayfish without being pinched and how to have fun with kids outdoors even when its sub-zero temperatures. It is possible after all.

Plans for the summer/next year?

I will be travelling to Jamaica and Connecticut to be with my family for a while but spending most of the summer in Indiana. I will be starting a Master of Science in Natural Resources Social Sciences at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) this August.

Sum up the internship with just 3 words:

Growth, Perseverance, Development

Any other comments/ facts you want to share?

Despite how challenging the internship was at times, I am happy I made this decision post-graduation. It taught me a lot about life and myself and gave me time to reflect and plan for the future.

DaveDAVE:

 What is a moment you will never forget from this year at the EEC?

I will never forget when we were all feeling down in the middle of the winter and all the interns had an impromptu snow ball fight in the parking lot. It was fun and stress relieving and just what we needed at that time.

Favorite quote from a camper?

Favorite quote from a camper was when I was on a night hike and everyone was relatively silent and one little boy about four feet behind me started singing “Making my way down town walkin’ fast, faces past and I’m home bound” from “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton. I had to bite my fist to keep from laughing out loud.

Plans for the summer/next year?

I will be working as a Guest Service Specialist at Gervasi Vineyards in North Canton, OH after this internship is over and possibly working at a coffee shop if I can because I love coffee.

Sum up the internship with just 3 words:

Nature, Kids, Coffee

CarrieCARRIE:

What is a moment you will never forget from this year at the EEC?

The government shutdown and the time the kids all chanted at Kyle to “take it off.” (In reference to his hat, of course).

What are your true feelings about Alex Bevan?

He sings my life. All the rivers really do run, and these wings were meant to fly…

Plans for the summer/next year?

Coming back for more! Woohoo!

DesiDESI:

What is a moment you will never forget from this year at the EEC?

One moment I will never forget will probably be when my group was in the woods playing camouflage and a student kept getting out because she was dancing behind a tree instead of hiding.

What will you miss most about the EEC?

Free rent… And friends 🙂

Sum up the internship with just 3 words:

Laughs, tears, adventures.

KyleKYLE:

Do you have any regrets from the year?

The amount of coffee I drank.

Any advice for future interns?

Always remember that these kids and the world cannot completely change in a week. You will see minor changes and be glad in those. The bigger stuff will happen later on in life and forever know you were a part of that.

One thing you learned from the year. (Life skills/Facts)

I really valued being out in the forest every day for three seasons. We often talk about how the seasons change and note minor variances but I was a part of every single shift. Whenever something changed my body picked up on it. It’s like my emotions and psyche where intertwined with the plants and animals. I plan on continuing to immersing myself in the natural world like I did this past year. Nature needs to be something I play an active role in and this experience was a great step toward solidifying that connection.

Plans for the summer/next year?

Coming back for round two!!!!!

 

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