“It’s the ideal job.” How the Reynolds School prepared this graduate for her dream job.

Amanda White has her dream job working with ocean conservationists, thanks to the Reynolds School. Douglas Brandon/Project Baseline.

Amanda White works from remote white-sand beaches and boats in the open sea, where she travels alongside scuba divers and conservationists. When not filming dive missions, or diving herself, she’s writing press releases, blog posts and social media from locations all around the world for a cause she believes in.

White has her dream job, thanks to the training and opportunities she aquired through Reynolds School of Journalism. White is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Project Baseline, an organization within the Global Underwater Explorers (GUE), a scuba diving non-profit focused on conservation. Through her work with Project Baseline, she’s been to Florida, Italy, Bermuda, and will be leaving for Fiji in May.

“‘I feel like I lucked out,” White says. “I got a fun, adventurous job that allows me to do a lot of cool things and it’s always different. It allows me to use all the skills I learned.”

White, who’s always wanted to work for a non-profit and has a passion for conservation, focused in strategic communications while at the Reynolds School. Now, she writes press releases, social media posts, and blog posts for Project Baseline.

“Anything that communicates with anyone outside of our organization,” White says.

White interned for Project Baseline in 2015 for the summer, and she stayed in contact when she went back to school. After she graduated, GUE asked her if she wanted to go with them to Bermuda for promotion purposes. The position was volunteer-based, but the trip was paid for. White continued to volunteer her skills on trips, and later on they offered her a paid position.

White says her experience with Project Baseline is a good example of networking and taking advantage of opportunities. She found out about them through the Reynolds internship page.

“It really shows the way they set up our education at the Reynolds school really sets you on a good path to find something that works for you,” she said. “Every course I’ve taken, I’ve used something from that course in my job.”

For White, it was important for her to find a job that not only used all the skills she learned at the Reynolds School, but also made her feel like she was making a difference.

“I really care, and am really passionate about their message and what they’re trying to achieve,” she said. GUE promotes education and exploration of the world’s aquatic environments, as well as researching conservation efforts.

“We’ve done dives and documented World War II ships. We’ve done dives and recovered remains from the Punic Wars, over 2000 years ago. We’ve documented areas where there are reefs that were in extremely bad conditions, and we’ve documented areas where there was reefs and now there’s not anymore.”

For White, it’s exactly what she wants to do.

“It’s the best. It’s the ideal job that I always wanted. ”

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