By Hannah Giezentanner
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — The N.C. Coastal Federation welcomed the addition of five interns this summer at the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center in Wrightsville Beach. Each intern has been working diligently on a variety of projects with an eagerness to learn and to help the southeast office in any way.
With summer heating up, we have had many programs and events keeping them busy. Being able to host five interns is a new experience for this office. It would not have been possible without the generous support of our donors, members and volunteers. The relocation of the Palmgren-O’Quinn beach cottage has provided the southeast office with an ideal space to help fulfill the mission of the federation.
Our interns have specific projects for the summer, but each intern is gaining insight on public engagement within the federation and learning to serve as an ambassador for the organization. The rest of the summer will be spent working hard, learning the logistics necessary to run a non-profit and gaining experience in environmental education, coastal advocacy, restoration practices and event management.
Bailey Stearns is a part of the coastal and ocean policy graduate program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Here at the education center, she is assisting with summer programming and learning environmental education techniques. Most of the experience Bailey is gaining is through the summer Touch Tank Tuesday series. Bailey has worked on the marketing for the summer programming and is doing an excellent job. She has also helped our graduate fellow, Ben Brink, with stormwater runoff presentations given to camps and school groups at the education center.
Miles Murphy, also working on his master’s degree in coastal and ocean policy at UNCW, is working alongside our Clean Communities coordinator, Karen Dunn, researching information related to Special Use Permits and land use issues in coastal communities. His efforts help the community gain insight on advocacy projects such as Titan Cement in New Hanover County.
Brett Little is attending UNCW for a master’s in public administration. He is working with our regional manager, Tracy Skrabal, and Oak Island to install stormwater retrofits. Here at the education center, Brett is working on the signage of the native plant species in our rain garden.
Kyle Magaliff is a recent graduate from UNCW with a bachelor of science degree in environmental science and a certificate in professional writing. Kyle has been a wonderful addition to our crew and has been able to put his professional writing to use. He has provided our website with some excellent blogs about the Preservation Award our office recently received and issues regarding the coal ash forums.
Hannah Giezentanner also just received a bachelor of arts degree from UNCW’s environmental science program. Hannah is working under our coastal educator, Ted Wilgis, to assist with summer programming and learn environmental education techniques. Hannah is designing and implementing the Touch Tank Tuesday program series. She is also helping with the marketing for the summer programs and with presentations to schools and camps.
The goal is for the interns is to leave with a comprehensive understanding of the way a non-profit functions and gain the confidence necessary to join the professional world. We have high hopes for our interns and know that they will gain useful experience here at the southeast office.