The Ideal Internship

Lilli Donahue ’13 found a way to combine her passion for the environment, education, conservation and marketing through an internship on a remote island in Belize.

During the summer before her senior year, the government and environmental studies combined major worked for International Zoological Expeditions (IZE), an educational travel company focusing on marine biology and rainforest ecology, in South Water Caye, Belize. The site serves as a field station for numerous professors and students as part of their marine biology semester.

“I worked with guides, snorkeled with student groups, maintained the organization’s social media presence, took photographs to use in promotional materials and helped the organization restructure its marketing plan,” she explains. “At times it felt like running a small business. It was the ideal experience for me.”

Lilli was able to head to Belize thanks to a fellowship grant she received through St. Lawrence’s Career Services office. “IZE provided me with housing and food, but I had to cover travel expenses and everything else,” she says.

 “I worked from 7 a.m. until 10 at night and enjoyed every minute because I was always doing something different that really interested me,” she says. “It was amazing to work so closely with people from all around the world.”