Youth leadership development is among QLF’s highest priorities and has been a program hallmark since the organization’s founding. QLF invests in next generation environmental leaders through a Volunteer program for high school students and Internships for university students. This June, QLF kicked off another summer season, giving Interns from around the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to work closely with QLF staff and consultants to have a real impact on conservation and community development.
Our summer Interns join a cadre of two-dozen university undergraduate and graduate students assigned to QLF local, regional, and global programs throughout the 2016 calendar year. Interns and Volunteers are currently working with the QLF team in three stations throughout the Atlantic Region: Newfoundland, Montreal, and Ipswich. Interns in Newfoundland are conducting marine debris research, environmental education, and are monitoring endangered Piping Plovers in the Codroy Valley. Montreal Interns are working on the Global Leadership Network (GLN) and preparations for the Barcelona Congress, while Ipswich Interns are focusing on other areas of the GLN including Alumni consulting projects and an upcoming GLN Mentorship program.
There are eight QLF Interns based in Newfoundland contributing to QLF’s Biodiversity Conservation work. Mégane Déziel (Université de Montréal), who is returning to QLF for the second consecutive summer, is helping to lead the Interns. She is joined by Aleksandra Cvetkovic (Princeton University), Julie-Christine Martin (Université de Montréal), Megan Lalli (McGill University), Jack Curry (Skidmore College), and Emma Nip (McGill University). Volunteering for QLF are Brooks Secondary School students Julia Moore and Patrick Sheehan. Interns comb Newfoundland beaches every two days to report changes in bird populations and examine the state of their nests. In addition, they host workshops for local community members on a range of topics including whale and seabird identification, global warming, and marine debris.
The Montreal Intern team consists of Patricia McGuire (Skidmore College) and Hadley Nugent (Denison University), who are focusing their efforts on the Global Leadership Network and upcoming Second QLF Alumni Congress. Craig Brinkerhoff (McGill University) hopes to join the group later in the summer.
On the other side of the border, Bobbi Alman (Colby College), Teddy Lyman (Bowdoin College), and Ben Bichet (Middlebury College) are working in the Ipswich office. While Ben is working on Alumni consulting projects, Bobbi is helping to launch a new GLN Mentorship program, and Teddy is focusing on other areas of the GLN.
With Interns in Newfoundland, Ipswich, and Montreal, there is much to accomplish, experience and learn this summer!