2017 Student Projects: Interning at Walker Basin Conservancy
Reynolds School Senior Caroline Ackerman is dedicating her summer to Walker Basin Conservancy (WBC) as an intern. As someone who is interested in working for non-profit organizations in the future, Ackerman finds her time at WBC invaluable. She answered a few questions to give us a picturing of her summer.
Q: What inspired you to take this internship?
A: I have always passionate about the desert environment that makes Nevada unique. I did not know much about Walker Basin, or Walker Basin Conservancy (WBC), when I applied for this position but I was excited by the fact that WBC is a non-profit. After I graduate in May 2018 I want to develop a career in non-profit or government communications, and this seemed like a great start. I was also looking for a paid internship (who isn’t?) so this full-time position seemed like a dream.
Q: Who encouraged you or helped you get this off the ground? How did they do that?
A: Being involved in Wolf Pack Relations and PRSSA gave me the confidence and experience I needed to excel at this internship. Every class, friend, professor, club and job has lead me to landing this amazing position. I feel lucky that I can’t even point to one person who helped me get this off the ground, because there are so many people who have added to my education over the past few years.
Q: Is this internship going to help your future career path? How so?
A: Absolutely! In the future I want to work in non-profit or government communications. Science communications is not as glamorous as entertainment or lifestyle PR, but it is so rewarding. I am participating in something much bigger than me.
Q: What piece of advice would you give to anyone who might want to do a similar sort of thing?
A: Don’t be scared to try something new! I have never been good at science. But this opportunity has allowed me to learn so much about environmental sciences and science communications. Even if you don’t know much about a subject or field, don’t be scared to dive in. It might just shake up everything you wanted to get out of your life.
Q: What’s the most rewarding part about this experience?
A: I have had to learn so much in a short amount of time. On top of learning more about conservation and environmental sciences, I have learned how to quickly absorb intense scientific information and relay it back to our audiences in a way that is easier to understand.