Summer Intern, Conservation Education, Washington Office, Washington , District Of Columbia
U.S. Forest Service
 
How Susan Ghodrat got involved with U.S. Forest Service
I first heard about the Forest Service internship programs from a family friend. I then looked into the different programs and departments, and applied for a job with Conservation Education.
 
Experience
The absolute highlight of my summer internship would have to be working with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) on their Children and Nature Initiative. As a Nursing student, their mission really struck me personally, so getting involved with the project was truly an honor. I’ve also enjoyed working on several projects within Conservation Education, as well. The most memorable of these would have to be the Urban Hike I helped organize. A fellow staff member and I led a group of 15 Forest Service staff and interns in a walk around the surrounding USDA buildings and grounds. We explored surrounding vegetation, biodiversity, and practiced identifying trees and plants by their leaf shape. I also led a discussion covering the health benefits of spending time in the outdoors, focusing on how it can help increase a person’s level of physical activity. The program was a great success, and the participants really seemed to enjoy it!
 
Susan Ghodrat's accomplishments
Professionally, I’ve definitely expanded my field of knowledge. I’ve gained a lot of useful (and fun!) skills that I know will prove invaluable in the future. Personally, I’ve had a great time making new friends among fellow interns as well as staff members.
 
Susan Ghodrat's next steps
I hope to use my position as a Nursing student to further explore, and build upon my experience working with, the Children and Nature Initiative. I think it would be a great supplement to my current studies, as well as my future career.
 
Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia
School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Major: Nursing