Next Generation Leadership

Youth leadership development is among QLF’s highest priorities and has been a hallmark of our programs since the organization’s foundingQLF invests in next generation environmental leaders through a Volunteer program for high school students and Internships for undergraduate and graduate students.

2018 Newfoundland Interns; from left to right: Thierry Grandmont, Quinn Parker, Heather Grant McLoughlin, Victoria Thelamon and Élise Gagnon. Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland.

2017 Newfoundland Interns; from left to right: Olivia Goolkasian (New York University), Sydney Randall (Skidmore College), Isabella Mangan (Princeton University) and Celine Jennings (University of Waterloo). Port-aux-Basques, Southwestern Newfoundland.

2017 New Brunswick Interns with QLF President Emeritus Larry Morris; from left to right: Jameson Lehrer (Brooks School), Emily Erdos (Princeton University), Megan Lalli (McGill University), Larry Morris (QLF), Mégane Déziel (QLF), and Anson Brown (John Burroughs School). Saint John, New Brunswick.

2016 Newfoundland Interns; from left to right: Russell Wall (Intervale Associates), Jack Curry (Skidmore College), Aleksandra Cvetković (Princeton University), Megan Lalli (McGill University), Julie-Christine Martin (University of Montreal), and Mégane Déziel (University of Montreal). Port-aux-Basques, Southwestern Newfoundland.

2015 Newfoundland Interns; from left to right: Eric Bennet (Intervale Associates), Sandrine Vigneron (University of Montreal), Mégane Déziel (University of Montreal), Mia Thomas (St-Lawrence University), Kathleen Blanchard (Intervale Associates), Joseph Abbate (Princeton University), Anna Maritz (Princeton University), Jeffrey Potts (Colgate University), Elizabeth Wallace (Stanford University), Adrean Ojoleck (Dalhousie University), and Greig Cranna (QLF). Blanc-Sablon, Lower North Shore, 2015


Stories from Skidmore:
Hannah Hoey’s 2018 QLF Internship

Hannah Hoey, a recent Skidmore College graduate, recently completed her Global Leadership Network & Conservation Internship at QLF in Montreal.

Hannah’s work focused on a new Biodiversity Conservation program in New Brunswick, where she planned program components, including the education and engagement of area youth, and researched and pursued funding opportunities.

QLF had a phenomenal group of 2018 Conservation Interns, and Hannah is no exception! You can read much more about her experience this summer on Skidmore’s Summer Funded Experiences blog:

Each year, QLF hires Interns and Volunteers from numerous academic institutions throughout the U.S. and Canada for placement in programs in New England, Eastern Canada, and overseas. Undergraduate and graduate students work closely with QLF’s staff and partners on a wide range of programs and activities in the field and in the organization’s offices in Montreal and Ipswich.

Partnerships with universities remain invaluable for the continued growth of QLF’s leadership development program. QLF has historically received sponsored Interns from a variety of institutions, including Duke University, Princeton University, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Skidmore College.

Photo taken by Megan Lalli during a 2017 Internship in New Brunswick

“The ethic of environmental stewardship and the compassion that QLF demonstrates through all of the work that you do represent an incredible model for the way I’d like to live my life, with real purpose that will hopefully affect some good on even the tiniest percentage of the world population.”

– Joseph Abbate, Piping Plover Conservation Project, 2015

A Summer of Adventure:
Emily Erdos’ 2017 QLF Internship

QLF Intern, Emily Erdos from Princeton University created a five-minute video of her Internship with QLF over the 2017 summer.  A thought provoking and inspiring video, Emily documents her experience working in the field on Biodiversity Conservation in New Brunswick, and writing articles on QLF’s Global Leadership Network of Alumni conservation leaders worldwide.

This video was made as a report to the Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS), an Alumni-founded non-profit organization that has sponsored Princeton University students as QLF Interns since its founding in 1996.

Video produced by Emily Erdos

To get a sense of the life of a QLF Intern – and for updates from current and recent interns – take a look at the QLF Intern Blog!

Princeton InternshipPICS QLF Internships Articles in Civic Service (PICS), a nonprofit Princeton alumni organization that supports students in their pursuit of careers in non-profit and service work, has featured QLF Internships in their 2015 PICS Annual Report. Please click on the thumbnail to read the feature article, in which QLF President Larry Morris and 2015 QLF Intern Anna Maritz discuss the impact of QLF’s Leadership Program and QLF’s longstanding partnership with PICS.


“Throughout the summer I have established working and personal relationships with dedicated people around the world. These are the type of people I hope to surround myself with and am excited to see where their paths will take them. My connections through the GLN have already sown the seeds of future professional networking opportunities.”

– Katy Litka, Southeast Asia Conservation Exchange Program, 2015

“This great stewardship and birding experience surely helped me to become a better biologist and I am really proud to now be a part of the QLF family.”

– Mégane Déziel, Piping Plover Conservation Project, 2015