My name is Mia Tompkins, and I am studying Environmental Literature and Climate Change Studies at the University of Montana. This past summer, I participated in a month long course called Cycle the Rockies. I learned that for each Montanan, despite having different occupations and environmental opinions, the land held power and significance.
My name is Jennifer Kieffer. I was lucky to intern with Faith and Climate Action Montana (FCAM) this past semester, an interfaith organization with the goal of spreading information about the climate crisis to people in religious communities. Helping serve as a catalyst to the mingling of science and religion was a truly fascinating experience.
My name is Wendell Elliott. For my Climate Change Internship, I worked with Home ReSource in Missoula. My experience with their staff reinforced my belief that, if I try, the world is full of opportunities to live and work in a manner aligned with my ecological conscience.
My name is Cassidy White. As I've developed an educational pathway for myself through college, I've discovered that my interests lie at the intersection of science and policy. Having the opportunity to work for a National Park Service unit gave me the chance to put my background and passion to the test. I had a blast!
My name is Sarah Luth. I decided to focus my capstone project on the relationship between climate change, wildfire smoke, and human health. What I came to recognize is that there are more questions than there are answers. This summer I will help to design Missoula County’s response to future smoke events in my new job working for Climate Smart Missoula!
My name is Casey Brandon. Through my internship, I realized that working in the field of sustainable business won’t always produce immediate results, but that those who can properly articulate and communicate their thoughts tend to have more success.
My name is Lindsay Ashton. I chose to dedicate my last semester and climate change practicum on finding and sharing stories of innovative climate change solutions to cultivate inspiration amongst students in need of hope. My next step is to develop a Climate Expedition scholarship program to help provide similar education opportunities for other students.
I'm Hannah Boe. This internship gave me practical experience teaching about sustainability and allowed me to develop as an educator. Educating kids about the environment, sustainability, and climate change could potentially be a future career for me. When I do this work, I feel like I am making difference.
My name is Lione Clare. My experience in Vietnam and with creating a storytelling project helped me gain perspective. Getting to know the Delta Youth Alliance students and recognizing their optimism gave me a boost of hope and a desire to include young generations, those faced with the increasing burden of climate change, in any of my future stories.
My name is Colin Brust. When I started working as an intern at the Montana Climate Office, I had no idea what my calling in life was. My internship and practicum helped me realize that I am interested in using programming and mapping to analyze climate data and inform public decision making regarding climate change.