The summer in one word
Lastly, we asked the interns to describe their internship experience in one word. Here are their answers:
Seonaid: "Hopeful. After learning so much environmental theory, it's inspiring to be one of many people on the ground working actively to preserve and protect our environment."
Niamh: "Productive. Our tasks were different daily, and we accomplished so much in so little time. It's been incredibly rewarding to be a part of this team and see our work's impact."
Olivia: "Experience. I came into this internship with little knowledge of or time spent outdoors, and now I feel properly equipped for any field work jobs I may have in the future."
Philippe: "Opportunities. Our different projects allowed us to explore the many sides of conservation work, whether that means repairing data collection devices in the field, cutting invasive plants in waders, writing science outreach articles, creating kiosks, or helping researchers in their work."
Morgane: "Engaging. Throughout the summer, I was able to be part of projects related to my interests, which made me enthusiastic and dedicated to working here."
Greg: "Fun. I could talk about the diversity of opportunities, the transferable skills, and the hands-on experience I gained here- which is great, valuable, and completely accurate. But for me, the internship was, above all, fun. I had the best coworkers. I got to play in the mud. I got to spend whole workdays on the lake and in the woods. I got to write about my nerdy interests and share my enthusiasm for science with the world. I got paid to do what I love. It was just so much fun!"
Field Operations Assistant
Gault Nature Reserve of McGill University
Header: The six interns pictured above are all current or graduated McGill University students pursuing bachelor's degrees in Biological and Environmental sciences (photo: Alex Tran)