Where are you now? Past interns, resource assistants, and apprentices

Duncan Campbell, former director, took this photo of interns in the 1970s during haying.
Duncan Campbell, former director, took this photo of interns in the 1970s during haying.

While thinking about Carolyn, Becca, and Emilie’s departure later this week, I started to wonder about where so many of the past interns, resource assistants, and apprentices may be? It seems that many have gone on to serve in either a farming or forestry job area, and so much of the work they are doing is incredibly interesting and environmentally and socially important.

  • In the past two years, three of the interns have gone on to serve in the Peace Corps: Aaron is in Zambia working in agroforestry, Meghan is in Central America, and Jeff just left last month for Mozambique.
  • Mia was interested in farming, growing food, and herbalism, and since her departure from Merck Forest two years ago, she has been studying herbalism in several schools across the country.
  • Dena came to Merck from California where she worked on a farm in the winters, and was on hiking patrol in the Sierra Nevadas during the summer. She now is a full backcountry ranger out west.
  • Martha’s varied interests have led her to many jobs, including several environmental education positions, in the last year and a half. She recently finished a canoe trip from the head of the Mississippi River to New Orleans in a venture called Paddle Forward.
  • Christine left Merck to work for Shelburne Farms education department for a year.
  • Julietta took time off from school, and has since returned to Skidmore to study writing and environmental studies.

Many past interns come in to the Visitor Center. All of us love to hear their stories, know what projects they undertook while here, and what they have done since leaving this beautiful place. If you worked here for a week or several years, we would love to hear from you. Share your story with us! Knowing what happened in the past gives us a solid foundations for the work we do now, and for our future planning. Email melissa@merckforest.org.