21 Jul You Say Goodbye and I say Hello
As the summer comes to an end and I close the door on my internship with the WASO Office of Communications, I find myself deeply reflective about the experience I’ve had through LHIP and the NPS. This journey has been nothing short of eye-opening and has given me a renewed sense of purpose as I embrace the next chapter of my life.
My passion for the great outdoors and our national parks drew me to this opportunity, but it was my passion for advocating for inclusive spaces that truly moved me forward. Throughout my time with the OCOMS team and my work on InsideNPS, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the rich tapestry of individuals that make up the NPS, extending far beyond what we see at the leadership level. From interns and fellows to seasonals and more, these are the unsung heroes who contribute to the conservation and preservation of our natural treasures.
This internship has also granted me invaluable insight into the inner workings of the NPS, revealing the ever-changing nature of the organization and the importance of adaptability and open-mindedness to bring about progress. I’ve come to understand that embracing change is vital for fostering a more inclusive and welcoming environment within the NPS and beyond.
One of the most inspiring aspects of this journey has been witnessing the passion and dedication of the people involved in NPS’s work. Their love for the parks and their mission has been contagious, and it serves as a reminder that meaningful change can be achieved when driven by passion and purpose.
In this reflection, I can’t overlook the pivotal role my supervisor, Suki, played in making this experience truly memorable. Her support and mentorship have been instrumental in shaping my growth as a professional and as an individual. I’m grateful for her guidance and hope to embody her mentorship as I progress in my career.
As I bid farewell to my internship with the NPS, my heart is filled with gratitude for the experiences and friendships made along the way. I’m excited to take the lessons and insights gained during this journey and channel them into my next adventure. I’m thrilled to announce that after my internship ends, I will continue my work with national parks as a digital content coordinator with the National Park Foundation!
My time with NPS and LHIP has equipped me with the skills, knowledge, and passion needed to effect change and advocate for underrepresented communities. I’m determined to create spaces where all individuals feel seen, valued, and included.
While I leave the NPS for now, I harbor a hope that my journey with this organization continues. My ultimate aspiration is to return to work for the OCOMS team, where I can continue contributing to the mission.
I express my deepest gratitude to LHIP and the NPS for being integral parts of my journey. They have played a significant role in shaping me and have brought me closer to my aspirations. As I venture into my next chapter, I carry with me the memories and valuable experiences that will guide me in the future.
Thank you, LHIP, and thank you, NPS, for helping me reach where I always hoped to be. The path ahead may be uncertain, but with the support and guidance I’ve received, I’m confident that I will continue to make a positive impact on the world, one step at a time. Farewell for now, but not goodbye forever. The journey continues, and I’m eager to see what lies ahead.