Hello! Congratulations on your acceptance into the Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship program! My name is Stephen Poblete and I am an Internship Assistant with Environment For The Americas.
In 2016, I graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in sociology and wasn’t entirely sure how I wanted to start life after school. I decided to join AmeriCorps to have one last adventure before the real world hit, as well as to reflect on what really interested me professionally.
I completed a service year as an AmeriCorps member with the National Civilian Community Corps in the Pacific region of the United States. My projects took me around Oregon and throughout the north and southern ends of California. These places held beautiful pieces of wilderness that made cities feel like constantly humming noise boxes!
We also learned conservation techniques and fought fires alongside with the men and women of the US Forest Service, monitored desert tortoises in the Mojave Desert, and made lasting friendships! Once my term of service ended, I knew I wanted to help our environment in any way possible.
I got my start with Environment For The Americas as a Celebra Las Aves Intern, not long after returning from AmeriCorps NCCC. In Washington, DC, I was able to complete interpretive programs along the Anacostia river and facilitate migratory bird programs focused on avian conservation for migratory species. After my internship completed, I was able to secure a position within the organization.
Your MIS internship may be difficult and trying at times, but you will also have moments of joy and content that will make you say “this is the direction I need to be going!”
I’m always here to help and find answers to any questions you might have!!