Expanded Horizons Through Conservation

Crystal Leckie, Hispanic Access Foundation intern, grows to love her position and new experiences working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service!

Accepting a summer internship through Hispanic Access Foundation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was the best decision I could have made. Although it has only been roughly four weeks since starting, I feel as if I have gained a life’s worth of invaluable knowledge and skills.

The first few days into the internship I was a bit overwhelmed. Trying to remember the names of those I was introduced to. Learning about some of the projects I would be involved in. After settling in, that feeling was quickly replaced with a sense or appreciation and admiration. Not only did everyone meet me with open arms, but they were also so passionate about what they were working on. Just experiencing this made me think about the Service’s mission to work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Working for a greater good collectively and in solidarity is perhaps one of the most important aspects of conservation I have learned—it’s how progress is made. These partnerships between the Service and numerous organizations is what has allowed more individuals to be reached and educated, and it has allowed more programs and initiatives to be put in place. Personally, it has allowed me to broaden my horizons and grow mentally. It’s crazy how activities such as canoe training, working with elm tree propagation and working with endangered Puritan beetles can be considered work. With roughly two months left I look forward to learning more and engaging in amazing opportunities that will help further my educational and personal goals.

Read more inspirational blog posts from Hispanic Access Foundation interns as they share their experiences this summer!

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