It's that time of year again…summer-intern time! We are grateful to all the interns across the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) who are so vital to our efforts. We sat down with one such intern, Maggie Rees, a rising junior from Dickinson College, to find out why she chose to spend her summer with CBF.
What inspired you to pursue a degree in environmental studies?
Honestly, it always comes back to the two programs I did in elementary school. In fourth grade we did a project where we grew celery grass in the classroom. We took pH and other scientific measurements, and a few of us got to eventually plant the grasses in the Chesapeake Bay. It was so much fun. And in sixth grade, I actually did a Smith Island trip with CBF (http://www.cbf.org/Page.aspx?pid=375).
It's such an important organization. I've grown up admiring it. Its mission and work have always been very close to home.
Why is the Chesapeake Bay important to you?
It's about protecting and maintaining the whole system--not necessarily just the crabs and the oysters, but the people that depend on them, too. [It's about] keeping that system in order so it can be self-sustaining in the future.
Tell me about what you'll be doing this summer.
We're looking specifically at college kids--how to better engage college kids and the millennial population [in CBF's work]. I think this is a really interesting topic. We are a completely different generation and figuring out how to reach this audience is important.
What do you hope to get out of your time at CBF?
Obviously the experience itself. Working at an organization like this is an amazing opportunity…hopefully leading to a job here would be ideal. Other than that, just getting to learn about the Bay, and Marcellus Shale (http://www.cbf.org/Page.aspx?pid=2410), and all the other important things that are going on here.