Editor's Note - This is the fourth in a series of "Summer Intern Chronicles" that Cape Cod Today will publish throughout the season. Many local college students undertake internship experiences during summer break. These internships can truly form a young person as a professional in their chosen career path. For many, the internship is their first work experience in the career they hope to pursue. These internship stories are intended to give the students an opportunity to share their experiences, showcase the work of their sponsoring organization and put in a plug for their college. The stories are written in the students' own words and published verbatim as submitted.
If your Cape & Islands or Plymouth organization hosts summer interns and you'd like them to participate, please email [email protected] and we will send you the project guidelines.
Olivia Burke from Assumption College
My name is Olivia Burke and I am from Harwich, MA. I am a rising junior at Assumption College in Worcester MA. At school I am a history major with a planned minor in environmental science. I am very involved at school with a work study job, a student in the honors program and I compete on the Equestrian team.
I am an intern with Cape Cod National Seashore, working through a company called American Conservation Experience (ACE) and AmeriCorps. These companies work with a few National Parks to allow people like me to gain valuable work experience, get familiar with what the job entails, and allow me to grow and develop professionally and personally.
I work in the interpretation division. ACE also offers internships with trail maintenance, bio technicians, plover technicians and natural resources technicians at Cape Cod National Seashore and other parks throughout the country. In the interpretation division, I help visitors understand the area- I do informational programs, lead kayak and snorkeling trips, help with trip planning and do fun activities for kids. It is my job to inform the public about what Cape Cod National Seashore offers but more importantly to help the visitors build a personal connection with the area. This task is not something that can be learned in a classroom. I have been blessed with this opportunity to spend my summer enhancing my skills that can only be learned “on-site” doing the same things that I would if I were to work in this field. I want to become a history teacher and a seasonal park ranger in the coming years.
If I could offer any one piece of advice to other college students seeking an internship, it would be to apply for internships even if you are unsure if you will like it. Internships are a great way to find out what you love doing but to also figure out what you don’t want to do. Rather than continuously wondering about what you would like to do, apply for internships that will expand your horizons and help you figure out what you are interested in.