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Koret Fellowship Program

Abigail Suster

Environmental Studies major, class of 2019

Interning at Trees San Diego will give me an inside look at how nonprofits can be successful as a business, and in helping the community around them. My personal goals are to develop a deeper understand of how I can serve those who don’t have a voice, those who are disadvantaged, and those who deserve equal protection from pollution and environmental harm. I hope to make connections whether it be in the office or out in the community. I believe that I do not only have something to teach these communities, but much to learn from them. I hope that this internship will allow me to gain professional experience, working with esteemed board members who have done so much in their careers to help the planet move towards a more sustainable way of living. This experience will allow me to immerse myself in the nonprofit world, and grasp why it is so important that we who have the knowledge and voice to make change, must use that voice for the disadvantaged who need it the most.           

This proposed project will enable me to integrate my career goals because I will be able to do what I have always wanted to do, work for an environmental nonprofit that serves disadvantaged communities. I will be able to experience how an environmental nonprofit runs, and what makes them such an important part of the San Diego community. This project will allow me to integrate community endeavors because I will be working hands on with communities in San Diego where my friends grew up and where I hung out when I was in high school. I will hear personal stories, make relationships, and learn how I can help better the community that I have grown up in. This project will fulfill my career endeavors because I know I will enjoy getting to serve the community I come from. Working at Trees San Diego will allow me to gain valuable experience that I can use for the future. After this summer, I will know if working at a nonprofit is what I truly want to do, and at the same time I am helping people in need, doing something I love.