Hello, my name is Sophie Buckingham, and I’m excited to be starting a summer internship with the TTF Watershed Partnership. I am a recent graduate of Abington High School and an incoming freshman at Tufts University, where I intend to pursue a major in Environmental Studies.
I was looking for a summer project with environmental themes, so I reached out to my school district’s director of facilities, and he passed my information on to TTF. I was thrilled to get an email from them about an internship opportunity, and I wanted to start right away.
During high school, I was a member of my school’s chapter of H2O For Life, an organization that raises money for global water and sanitation projects, and I also volunteered at park clean-up days at High School Park in Cheltenham. In July of 2014, I attended Drexel University’s Environmental Science Leadership Academy, where I promptly fell in love with environmental field work. Unsurprisingly, I was delighted to be sent out to a creek monitoring site on my first day working with TTF.
I’ve always been passionate about recycling and conservation. Since I was very young, I have dreamed of restoring habitats, saving endangered species, and fighting climate change. Every little bit of care makes a difference, so I enjoy pursuits as basic as picking up trash and as complex as water management and renewable energy strategies.
Before I decide what I want to do with my future degree in Environmental Studies, I am excited to work with TTF to monitor streams and get the community involved in using and maintaining our parks. Already, on my first day, I learned so much about how a community can help a park to thrive, and how a team of Streamkeepers can ensure the continuing health of watershed ecosystems. Keeping our planet healthy starts on the community level, and I can’t wait to get more involved with all of the projects here at TTF.
Interested in interning with TTF? Learn more here.