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.

About Doryán De Angel

Doryán De Angel, Community Watershed Leader (Philadelphia): Doryán works with Robin on the Philadelphia watershed team to engage and educate residents about watershed and stormwater issues. A resident of Cheltenham, Doryan started with TTF as an outstanding hands-on volunteer. She is fluent in Spanish and has a Bachelors in Environmental Science from the University of Puerto Rico. She was a student collaborator on the San Juan Bay Estuary Project. Contact Doryán at 215.744.1853 or doryan@ttfwatershed.org


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