Monday, 13 August 2018 15:47

Returning to Fire Island

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”  – Nelson Mandela

This quote resonates with me because I returned to Fire Island National Seashore (FIIS) with a few doubts about whether I would be able to continue growing. I have had people ask me why I would return to a park that I previously interned at; wouldn’t I just be doing the same thing? So far, this season has been relatively different. I’ve learned more about the resources FIIS has to offer. I’m also more involved in park science. Returning to a park where I’ve worked before meant that I had less “basic” learning to do, and that I was able to focus more on the areas I knew I wanted growth in.

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 15:43

Latino Conservation Week 2018

There is so much behind-the-scenes work to planning an event. I spent the day before the event stuffing gift bags with information and goodies. In my eyes, our Latino Conservation Week event was a success. We had a great turn out despite the bad weather in the early morning. I’m happy that we still had people come out for a day of family fun. Amy and I were the first employees on the scene the day of the event. We showed up earlier than scheduled because we both wanted everything to go as smoothly as possible.

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:39

Roxana Saravia

I am from New York and grew up on Long Island. I am an incoming Master’s student in Marine Conservation and Policy at Stony Brook University. I enjoy reading, hiking, and going to the beach.  This is my second season as an intern with the Latino Heritage Internship Program! I returned to Fire Island National Seashore (FIIS) for some more fun (and hard work) in the sun. The marina underwent a renovation last season to repair damage from Superstorm Sandy. During this summer, I learned more about the employees and volunteers from around the park and how they experience FIIS. We all had different roles and duties at the park, so we got to see a different perspective on how the park runs. 


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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 20:20

Amy Carrillo

I am a junior at Fordham University. I am currently majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Biology. I grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut, and now live in Queens, New York. For as long as I’ve lived near the Long Island Sound, I had never heard of Fire Island until applying for this internship. As I continue researching the island, the more interesting it has become. For instance, who knew that Fire Island is home to one of only two maritime forests in the country! I have also become interested in the various types of animals and plants that have made a home there. It’s exciting to be given an opportunity to start an internship that will allow me to learn more about coastal ecosystems. I’m also excited to be part of a program that is doing more for the Hispanic community. That is a major reason why I applied to the Latino Heritage Internship Program.  

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