Volunteer Spotlight – 2015 Summer Interns
With the busiest Harbor Seal pup season behind us, the NMLC team reflects on our 2015 Summer Interns. It is difficult to imagine the summer without these eight hardworking, dedicated young ladies. Each intern devoted 35-40 hours of each week to gain hands-on experience in seal rehabilitation, marine science education, public outreach, event planning, and non-profit organization operations. They joined the Buzzards Bay community from colleges across the country at the end of May and immersed themselves in life at NMLC. Kicking the summer off with the Feet, Fins and Flippers 5K on their first official day of duty, they quickly learned of the constant fundraising efforts it takes to maintain this organization. Their first weeks were filled with intensive learning: hospital cleaning and safety protocols, marine mammal rehabilitation procedures and techniques, and lessons in instruction of our education programs. By immersing themselves in all aspects of NMLC, they had unique experiences in animal rehabilitation and education, and acted as NMLC community ambassadors at the many fairs and festivals around the region, and in our Marine Animal Discovery Center, spreading news of our organization. They led educational programs and school field trips, joined event-planning committees, procured items for our silent auction, and played a significant role at our largest fundraising event, the Mermaid Ball. We hope our Summer Interns enjoyed their experience at NMLC as much as we valued having them as a part of the team. Read about some of their experiences here.