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Meet Our Interns!
Tierney Gannon, Animal Care Intern Favorite Animal? AWCC: Hugo the Grizzly Bear or Snickers the Porcupine Overall: Toads Where are you from? Lockport, Illinois Education? Ohio State University; Major: Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology Minor: Spanish Aspirations? I want to travel and work in multiple locations and countries and to find a career that includes working with wildlife, education and traveling. How do you hope AWCC will help you accomplish your aspirations? I hope it helps me to gain more hands-on experience with animals. Plans after this? I plan on returning to school to continue my degree. My next stop will be finding a research internship to finish rounding out my skill set.
Cassie Desrochers, Animal Care Intern Hometown? Waltham, Massachusetts Education? B.S. in Animal Behavior at the University of New England Favorite Animal? AWCC: As of right now, the musk ox calves are my favorite (they are just so cute!). Overall: I don’t have a favorite, there are just too many cool animals. Aspirations? One of my biggest aspirations is to find a job where whatever I’m doing is having a positive impact on the world and its inhabitants. How do you hope AWCC will help you accomplish your aspirations? I am hoping AWCC will show me the hands of animal care, as well as educating the public about wildlife conservation. Plans after this? I just graduated and currently, have no plans. Anything else? I’m excited about all the new people I have met and will meet because of AWCC, and I can’t wait to see where this internship takes me.
Logan Bragdon, Animal Care Intern Favorite Animal? AWCC: Brown Bears Overall: Tigers Where are you from? Louisville, Colorado Education? Wildlife Biology & Conservation at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks Aspirations? I hope to work in unique places around the world, meet interesting people, and work either with or for animals while doing so. How do you hope AWCC will help you accomplish your aspirations? I hope AWCC will help me to grow in my animal care career and to better define what I want to do in my field. I also hope it will allow me the opportunity to explore and experience this area of Alaska. Favorite part so far? Feeding the musk ox calves Anything else? This area is probably the prettiest area I have ever been to (and I’m really not just saying that).
Haley Carr, Animal Care Intern Hometown? Ames, Iowa Education? B.S. in Animal Ecology at Iowa State University Favorite Animal? AWCC: Our Black Bear, Kuma Overall: Sea Otters Aspirations? After I graduate in December, I want to work as an animal keeper at a zoo, sanctuary or a conservation center similar to AWCC. I have loved working with injured and orphaned animals, and I would love to continue in this field. Not only do I want to help rehabilitate these animals, but I also want to educate the public of the wild animals in their area. What do you hope AWCC will help you accomplish your aspirations? I believe AWCC will educate me on how to work with a variety of animals, including those directly from the wild, and will help me gain leadership experience within my field of study. I am particularly interested in learning about operant conditioning – the act of teaching behaviors through positive reinforcement. I am also hoping to learn more about the socialization process of new animals with humans and others of their species, as well as imitating the animals’ natural habitat to fit its needs. Plans after this? I plan on finishing school in Iowa and then getting a puppy with my boyfriend. After I graduate, I hope to get a job.
Amanda Schultheis, Animal Care Intern Favorite Animal? AWCC: Our brown bear, Joe Boxer (JB), our moose, Tok, and our black bear cub, Kobuk Overall: Amur Leopard Where are you from? West Palm Beach, Florida Education? University of Florida Major: Agricultural Education & Communication Minor: Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, Innovation Specialization: Leadership Development Aspirations? My dream is to open a non-profit safari lodge in southern Africa specializing in habitat restoration and animal reintroduction. How do you hope AWCC will help you accomplish your aspirations? I hope to expand my skill set in a new environment. Favorite part so far? My favorite part about working at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center would have to be feeding our black and brown bears. They each have their own unique personalities and being able to see an animal that would otherwise be inaccessible every day is an amazing experience. I also enjoy leading educational programs for a variety of our animals. Plans after this? Return to school, and finish my degree
Aireana Owen, Animal Care Intern Favorite Animal? AWCC: Wolves and Bears Overall: Gorillas Where are you from? Indianola, Washington Education? Majored in Biology at Washington State University, but is moving to Florida to finish my degree How did you get involved with AWCC? I started here as a volunteer and fell in love with being part of the AWCC family. There is a strong sense of teamwork here and everyone is very passionate about the work we are doing. Not only is this a great step for me career-wise, but this is the work I have wanted to do my entire life. This is what makes my heart happy. Plans after this? Near the end of this summer, I am moving to Florida where I will get back to school. I am very excited to become involved with more conservation work, again.
Molly Fifield, Animal Care Intern Where are you from? Sunapee, New Hampshire Education? Arizona State University Major: Applied Biological Sciences (Applied Ecology) with a certificate in Wildlife Management Favorite Animal? AWCC: Our brown bear, Joe Boxer (JB), our moose, Tok, and our black bear cub, Kobuk Overall: Great Horned Owl Aspirations? I would like to better the lives of wildlife and educate future generations about the importance of environmental conservation, as well as foster interest and excitement about nature and wildlife. How do you hope AWCC will help you accomplish your aspirations? Through my experiences here at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, I hope to continue to educate about wildlife, as well as gain experiences by caring for and working with the unique array of animals who call Alaska and AWCC home. With this also being my first visit to Alaska, my time here provides an amazing opportunity to see and experience things that are truly a once in a lifetime experience. Working at AWCC also provides the chance to connect with peers in my field from around the U.S. who each have their own unique experiences. From these peers, I can learn and add to my own knowledge. Favorite part so far? My favorite part about working at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center would have to be feeding our black and brown bears. They each have their own unique personalities and being able to see an animal that would otherwise be inaccessible every day is an amazing experience. I also enjoy leading educational programs for a variety of our animals. Plans after this? Now that I have finally graduated, I would like to continue doing exactly what I am doing at AWCC! My passion lies in the educational aspect of wildlife conservation, and I hope to continue improving my skills and building my experience in the field of wildlife.
Madeline Grosh, Marketing Intern Favorite Animal? AWCC: Jade and Storm the foxes, Tok the moose Overall: Sea Otters, Foxes, Rhinos Where are you from? Muncie, Indiana Education? Ball State University Major: Photojournalism Minor: Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution, Entrepreneurial Management Aspirations? I want to photograph the stories of those who can’t tell their own and share it with the world. For me, this statement includes anything from wars to child slavery to endangered animals. I simply want to capture a story through photos, share it with others, and inspire them to take a step towards the problem and make a difference. Eventually, I’d love to be published by National Geographic or Time magazine. How do you hope AWCC will help you accomplish your aspirations? I hope AWCC will help me to grow in the world of marketing, social media and site design. I also hope to have the chance of photographing a variety of animals and animal-keeper interaction. Since one day I hope to photograph wild animals, AWCC is the perfect first step. Favorite part so far? Having the chance to follow the keepers around and document activities such as feeding calves and cubs or training the foxes and deer Anything else? I didn’t have a ton of marketing experience prior to this internship, and I just want to thank AWCC for giving me a chance. I have learned something new about marketing, photography or myself almost every day. Visiting Alaska was a childhood dream of mine, and I am incredibly grateful I am able to combine a dream internship with a dream destination.