Prairie Partners Intern 2015

Graduated University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2011 (bachelor's), University of Wisconsin-Madison (master's)

Current position: Goose Pond Sanctuary Land Steward, Madison Audubon Society (Arlington, WI)

Favorite memory of the program: The Westport Drumlin covered in prairie violets, bird's foot violets, and bright yellow puccoon in mid May! Learning to identify the unique and lovely flora of our state.

Impact of the program on your academic and/or career path: The Prairie Partners internship led directly to my current position as Land Steward at Goose Pond Sanctuary. I enjoyed the Prairie Partners internship so much that the following summer I asked to come back to Goose Pond. I worked as the Goose Pond intern for a summer, before being lucky enough to get hired as the land steward.

How you used what you learned in the internship in future employment: Every day at work I use the plant identification knowledge, invasive species management techniques, and general ecological know-how that I learned hands-on from the internship!