Student Testimonies

Jackson Monroe '21

My role this summer as a part of the Knight Internship was the intern for Friends of Harriman State Park.

Blair Dewing '17

Hey everyone!; My name's Blair Dewing and I was the Summer 2017 intern for Friends of Harriman State Park. I grew up in Houston, TX and recently graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA (Class of '17)

Mamie Smith '18

Participating in the Knight Internship out in Island Park, ID made my summer 2016 into the summer of a lifetime!

Reid Calhoun '17

Working for the Henry’s Fork Foundation under the A. Paul Knight Memorial Program in Conservation was such an incredible experience this summer.

Jessica "Jess" Winn '17L

My name is Jessica Winn, and I am a third-year law student at Washington and Lee University’s School of Law.

Bruce "Bo" Mahr '17L

I worked for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in the Office of the General Counsel as a Law Clerk

William "Will" Simmerson '17L

Receiving the Knight Fellowship Grant last summer allowed me to pursue my interest in practicing environmental law and helped fund my position as an unpaid intern

William "Will" Flory '16L

The Knight Fellowship I received as a law student at Washington and Lee for the summer of 2015 supported my internship at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Richmond, Virginia office

Alex Jones '16 and Maria Rachal '18

On June 5, we arrived for our first day of work as the Flat Ranch's summer interns. Earlier that week, through the generous support of the A. Paul Knight Internship Program in Conservation through Washington and Lee University

Leiding Taylor '15

In early June of 2014 I drove through 10 states in 3 days. I started the drive in Spartanburg, South Carolina, headed through the middle of America comprised of our nation’s “fly-over states”, and finished by driving up through the Badlands of the Dakotas.

Lizzy Stanton '17

Starting an internship at the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), I wasn't really sure what to expect. I was told that it would be best for me to have my own car, so I made the long trek from eastern Nebraska to central Oregon.

Blair Tynes '15

The A. Paul Knight Internship was the best summer of my life. I had an unbelievable experience that I won’t soon forget. The opportunity to work with such a neat conservation organization such as the Henry’s Fork Foundation has opened my eyes to all different sorts of conservation techniques and really cool people.

Alison Leary '15L

Thanks to the Knight Fellowship I was able to accept an unpaid summer internship with the Public Rights Division of the California Attorney General’s Office.

Jamison Shabanowitz '15L

With the help of the A. Paul Knight Program, I experienced a summer internship on the front lines of an environmental non-profit organization and confronted many different issues in different capacities.

Bess Ruff '14

Even though I had spoken to past interns about their experiences with the Henry's Fork Foundation, I wasn't quite sure what to expect as I made the three-day trek across the country from Tupelo, Mississippi to Ashton, Idaho. Myself and the other interns lived in a beautiful house about ten minutes from the office, complete with a horse paddock, its two residents, and an incredible view of the Tetons.

Will Travis '14

I spent the summer working for the Henry's Fork Foundation in Ashton, Idaho. Right away everyone was very welcoming, and I became immediate friends with the other interns I was living and working with. Our first project was preparing for Henry's Fork Day, which is a large fundraiser for the foundation.

Terrance Austin '15L

My experience at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) this past summer was great. I worked at the central office in Richmond, VA in the enforcement division. More specifically, I worked closely with the waste enforcement manager.

Spencer Duran '13

I drove out to Idaho, and arrived in Ashton in early June. When we first arrived we lived in the old HFF office on Main Street, but we were later moved into an intern house right behind the old and new HFF offices.

Chase Douglas '14

I road tripped over four days to Idaho from Raleigh, NC. I arrived June 10. I stayed in a rented house in Ashton, Idaho working with Spencer Duran as well as three other girls from Stanford, Colgate, and St. Lawrence

Thomas Moore '15

For my internship, I worked with the Oregon Natural Desert Association in Bend, OR. I know a lot of people choose to drive out there, but because I had to balance football training camp with getting enough weeks of work in, driving just wasn't going to be the easiest option for me.

James Freeman '15

This summer I was the intern for the Nature Conservancy. I worked at the Flat Ranch Preserve, which was about a fifteen-minute drive from Last Chance. Typically, there is a Preserve manager to oversee the property, but this year the Nature Conservancy was unable to fill that position.

Robert Warneford-Thomson '12

I spent my summer with the Oregon Natural Desert Association in Bend, Oregon. They focus on wilderness designation in eastern Oregon and act as a watchdog for the Bureau of Land Management to ensure that public land is being managed correctly.