My Internship Farewell

My Internship Farewell

It’s hard to believe that my 20-week internship in the Mosaics Program has come to an end. I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the incredible experiences, the people I’ve met, and the knowledge I’ve gained along the way.

I started this journey as an interpreter, where I got to interact with the visitors and learn first-hand the importance of science communication. But as time went on, I was given the opportunity to work for the Natural Resource Department where I got to do more science! I learned that this was a better fit for me and I hope to continue building my career around this!

First and foremost, I want to give a huge shoutout to Sheylda from the Mosaics Program. Sheylda, you’ve been the ultimate mentor and supporter. Your understanding, kindness, and belief in me have made this entire experience a positive one. I couldn’t have asked for a better guide.

A big thanks also goes out to Todd and Steve at NPS. Todd’s love for our national parks was contagious and he showed me the ropes in my first few months here. Not only did he support me while I was working under him but he also supported me in exploring new opportunities in a different department. I will always remember you as my first boss in NPS and will forever be grateful for taking a chance with me.

Steve welcomed me into his team with open arms and allowed me to see a different side while working for the parks service. I learned new things from him every day and am excited to come back next season and learn even more under his mentorship.

This internship has truly been life-changing. It’s opened my eyes to the beauty and importance of our national parks and the incredible people who work hard to protect them

Sheylda, Todd, and Steve, you’re absolute legends, and I can’t thank you enough for shaping my internship to what I experienced so far. And to everyone else, here’s to the future and to a more greater adventure.

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