Hello, I am the summer 2020 Intern at Friendship Botanic Gardens, and it is such a pleasure to be here! I have just received my Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana State University and am excited to have this opportunity where I can continue to grow.
At school, I studied human and environmental systems, sustainability, and art. In short, I have learned how environmental justice issues are social justice issues and how to transform into a greener way of life to benefit not only the Earth, but ourselves. While I was in school, I was also able to work within other nonprofit organizations and experienced how they operate, so I am glad to be using some of my existing knowledge while continuing to learn more in this new environment. I am excited to acquire the knowledge of how a nonprofit of this size and mission functions and for all of the new learning opportunities Friendship Botanic Gardens has for me.
As the new intern, I have a variety of jobs that range from learning about fundraising and other behind the scenes tasks, to getting my hands dirty in the gardens with our botanist, Rima, and other volunteers. You will often see me posted at the Welcome Cabin as you enter the Gardens, or you may see me assisting our Wedding Coordinator, Stephanie, with events! As I am a few weeks into this position now, I am being assigned additional side projects like collecting a list of all the species within the gardens and attempting to map them out, as well as conducting interviews with volunteers, staff, and board members! I love being able to spend my summer learning and growing in such a beautiful space with such welcoming people.
Growing up in the Chicago area and having family based here, Michigan City has always been my vacation spot. Over a year ago, my mother moved here to be closer to my grandparents, and when I graduated from ISU and moved out of Terre Haute, I moved in with my grandmother and became her housemate! My mother and grandmother were actually the ones to recommend that I apply to work at Friendship Botanic Gardens and after hearing so many wonderful things about this place, I chose to shoot my shot and apply for the internship position way back in December. Luckily, I was able to keep my position through all the chaos and everyone has been very supportive here. I have already been enjoying my experience so much and am looking forward to the rest of the season!