Northeast Region Interns
Claire Bradley

Outer Banks Field Site Intern

I am a sophomore majoring in Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a member of the fall 2019 Outer Banks Field Site student cohort. I am originally from Ann Arbor, MI, but have grown up with family on the east and west coasts. I have spent plenty of time enjoying the ocean and recognize its importance. However, now that I live in the Outer Banks, it has become even more apparent to me how much the coast matters to people as a source of livelihood and as a place of comfort.

I am very interested in the human dimension of environmental studies and how a non-profit and other organizations educate and disseminate information about coastal ecosystems to different user groups. I am excited to work on a project that will investigate potential locations for the beneficial use of dredge material in Dare County to hopefully provide a more ecosystem-based option for future inlet and waterway management. I look forward to learning so much this semester while interning with the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Northeast office!

Rahdiaz Delvillar

AmeriCorps Member

I am enrolled as an Americorps member, through a partnership with River City YouthBuild. Prior to volunteering at the federation I was a husbandry intern for the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, helping with animal care. I am currently enrolled in the College of Albemarle studying applied science and will graduate this fall with an Associate’s Degree. After that, I hope to pursue further education in aquaculture and marine science. I enjoy upholding the federation’s mission by keeping the coastal waters that I love to fish in clean.

Hayley Kaplan

Outer Banks Field Site Intern

I am a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Environmental Studies. Currently, I am studying in the Outer Banks as a part of the Outer Banks Field Site program for the fall 2019 semester. Growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, I was only two hours away from Wilmington so I spent my summers vacationing there with my family. This is where I found my love for the coast and the environment. I hope to continue my path, pursuing my passion for preserving and protecting coastal ecosystems. I will be working on expanding the Ocean Friendly Establishments program in the northeast region of North Carolina and assisting with research in the development of the North Carolina Oyster Trail. I am very excited to spend this semester on the coast, educating myself about the inner workings of a non-profit and more!

Gabe Long

High School Intern

I’ve lived on the Outer Banks my whole life and am now a senior at First Flight High School in Dare County. I enjoy just about every water sport there is especially surfing. I recently wanted to become more informed on the health and conservation of the waters around me after finding buckets of trash washed up after Hurricane Dorian. Now that I’m an intern, I’m excited to contribute to being part of the solution in protecting our environment.

Central Region Interns
Kristina Bell

Central Intern

Growing up in Emerald Isle, NC, I have always loved the coastal environment and all it has to offer. As the years have passed, I have witnessed firsthand the unique threats toward my local environment and have been inspired to join preservation and education efforts to combat these threats. In high school, I began working with the federation as a coastal education intern, as well as with local marine science education centers including North Carolina State University’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, Duke University Marine Lab and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a volunteer for educational programs for students and local communities and preservation efforts such as “beach sweeps,” living shoreline building and nature walks. Last year, I began college at North Carolina State University, where I am majoring in biology with minors in political science and economics. My ultimate goal is to work in science-focused and environmental policy, as well as participate in healthcare reformation. In my free time, I enjoy spending time at the beach, teaching children through programs such as the Boys and Girls Club and completing service activities with my honor fraternity.

Southeast Region Interns
Kaylee Buggy

Southeast Coastal Education and Outreach Intern

I am a rising senior at the University of North Carolina Wilmington majoring in Environmental Science (Conservation) and minoring in geospatial technologies. I grew up in the landlocked state of Pennsylvania, but my family vacationed at the Outer Banks every summer. I’ve always had a love for North Carolina but there was something about the ocean that just drew me to it. I moved down here two years ago to begin my next chapter of life which is to pursue helping the environment in any way I can. I’m still trying to find an area that I want to focus on studying but I know this internship will help me realize what that is! After just recently studying abroad in Belize, I got to take part in water quality testing for areas that don’t have access to these types of assessment. The organization we worked with was a nonprofit and it was such an amazing experience to see all that they provide for this community and I was so lucky to be part of that, it has helped me realize that coastal restoration is something that I really enjoy. I am very excited to educate the public, holding events for preschoolers, participating in living shoreline plantings, sitting in on forums and conferences and so much more. I’ve loved every minute of this journey since I decided to become an environmental science major. Just knowing I can do anything to make a difference even if it is very small makes me the happiest person in the world.

Kaylee Clark

Southeast Coastal Education and Outreach Intern

I am a senior at the University of North Carolina Wilmington pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Sustainability. Growing up in Vermont, I haven’t always fully appreciated or understood the importance of the oceans. Since moving to Wilmington, I have become very involved with the conservation, advocacy and education surrounding our oceans. As my love for our coasts and marine ecosystems continues to grow, I look for new ways to protect them. I believe this internship will provide me with new knowledge and skills to further my abilities to do so. I have already learned so much, and look forward to a great summer with the North Carolina Coastal Federation!

Ashton Cloer

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Intern

I am from the small town of Morganton located in the mountains of North Carolina. Even though the beach is a 5-hour drive from my little mountain town, my parents instilled in me a passion for the ocean and sea-life at a young age. I am a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. With a double major in Marine Biology and Political Science, I plan on pursuing a career in Marine policy in hopes of being an advocate against the pollution of our oceans and the poaching of sea life. Interning with the federation will help me hone my skills and witness first-hand the importance of the non-profit sector in North Carolina as well as the role the federation plays in educating the community around them in how their actions shape the coast.


Michael Rocco

Southeast Coastal Education and Outreach Intern

From being born and raised on the coast in the San Francisco Bay Area, to moving to Eastern North Carolina, the coast has always been an essential component of my life. In 2011, I decided to join the United States Military. The driving force in choosing to join the Navy was knowing that I would more than likely be stationed near the ocean. After 5 honorable years of service, I decided to part ways with Naval service, as I felt compelled to be more proactive in protecting our environment. I am currently a senior at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, majoring in environmental science. As a husband and a father, my wife and I love bringing our kids to the beach and exposing them to the coastal environment that we were so fortunate to grow up with. This summer I look forward to working with the federation not only to enhance my understanding of our coast but to pass on the knowledge I obtain to the next generation.

Past Interns