The End of an Interesting Summer!

At the beginning of April, I didn’t know what to expect with regards to my summer LHIP internship. However, with the conclusion of my internship, I can say that I’m glad that I experienced some semblance of normalcy when it came to my summer. Through weekly zoom meetings, as well as near daily phone calls, I feel I grew as close as I could with my coworkers and especially my supervisor, Maryann Zujewski. Maryann was quite exhaustive in the amount of material she gave me to read and was very receptive to any ideas or feedback that I had. Though my internship was unfortunately cut to part-time due to its completely virtual nature, I believe that the staff interviews that I conducted were a great addition to my portfolio and important in illustrating how colorful the tapestry of NPS staff is. I was also very impressed with the array of speakers that virtually presented at the trainings that I participated in my last week. I was very excited to hear the interim director of the NPS speak and to hear how my co-interns’ experiences compared to mine. Lastly, I’d like to thank Dalia and Susan for the immense of work they put into making sure every intern’s needs were met and that they were enjoying what they were doing. My interactions with them were all very constructive and positive. If all things go well, I hope to return next summer as an LHIP intern and hopefully have a more traditional experience!

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