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Kate Kilby Events and Marketing Intern

Kate Kilby - Events and Marketing Intern

I’m fortunate enough to come from a family who love visiting different parts of the world, and since the age of four days old I have been flying abroad to see as much as I can. Going straight to University after finishing my A levels, I didn’t have the opportunity to complete a gap year; however I have continued to do shorter excursions around Europe and Africa wherever I can and hope to continue going further afield in the New Year.

Joining Frontier as an Events and Marketing intern will give me lots of experience and extra knowledge on the subject to help my travelling plans. Furthermore, I am sure that the confidence I gain in doing presentations and working at careers fairs will be very helpful for meeting new people when travelling alone!

Michael Tate Research & Development Intern

Michael Tate - Research & Development Intern

I received my undergraduate and post graduate from Edinburgh Napier University in marine and freshwater biology and conservation management. I was fortunate to go to Oregon, USA to study the impacts of marine debris on the coast. Along with this I managed to travel to Tobago and study the natural environment and how ecotourism is run.

I have always been passionate about the environment attempting to travel where possible and see as much as I can. My field of particular interests is the marine environment; with human impacts having severe implications it is an area which requires much effort to recover. It also fascinates me as to how much is still new and still to be learnt.

Becoming a research and development intern allows me to expand my range of skills and understand and contribute to an organisation which focuses on the environment. Frontier seems the perfect opportunity to develop my current skills as well as develop a whole new set of skills. 

Lucia Ruggiero  Project Coordinator Intern

Lucia Ruggiero - Project Coordinator Intern

Since I was a child I always felt connected with nature and animals in fact I used to prefer playing with animal toys rather than dolls.  I grew up in a house with a big garden therefore I had the opportunity to enjoy rural life and to be surrounded by all kind of domestic pets in the course of my whole life. I don’t actually remember a period of my life when I was not playing or stroking an animal.  During my adolescence my love for animals grew exponentially as my conscience about all kind of problems related to this subject. So I decided to do more:  I did voluntary work, I brought stray animals at home so my interest was all focused on that because I wanted to be a solution and to make the difference. My desire to help and to be useful was, and still is, so strong that I decided I wanted to create my own organization for animal protection and welfare but I had to gain experience first. This brought me to Frontier.  

During my last year of my Master Degree in International Relations I had the chance to travel a lot alone, both within and outside Europe, and this helped me to mature and to really understand what I wanted to do in life. I travelled alone to challenge myself and to discover other perspectives than mine. Travel is my other big passion, after each journey I feel enriched personally and professionally. Being a part of a different culture even for short periods can make you realize many things about yourself and the world around you.

After graduating I was determinate to follow my passions and Frontier seemed to be the perfect place for me. It looks like it is starting from the very beginning.  As Project coordinator intern I hope to gain some valuable experience and a variety of knowledge that will help me to follow my desired career path.

Charlie Thomson UK Operations Intern

Charlie Thomson - UK Operations Intern

During my Geography degree at the University of Edinburgh I was able to take part in a voluntary conservation project in South Africa, assessing the impact of overpopulation of elephants on an ecosystem.


Throughout the rest of my degree I worked in places like Switzerland and Iceland, studying glacial melt rate and meltwater streams. As interesting as this was, after finishing the degree, I was keen to focus more on conservation. This caused me to head back to South Africa where I spent a few months training to become a Field Guide and then a further year working at a game lodge taking people on safaris. During my time there I was also able to work in other exciting areas such as big cat monitoring, rhino anti-poaching, and game reserve management.


I recently spent an additional 2 months returning as staff to the project that I had originally volunteered on in the Greater Kruger National Park.


Having experienced conservation research projects both as a volunteer and as staff in the field, I am now looking forward to learning how these kinds of projects are managed and organised and I hope that working as an intern with frontier will be the perfect place to do so. 

Rebecca Sexton Research and Development Intern

Rebecca Sexton - Research and Development Intern

I graduated with a degree in Zoology from Trinity College Dublin and I’m hugely passionate about conservation and the environment. Frontier could not be a more perfect place for me to expand upon my skills for a future career in biodiversity conservation.

Nature has long been a fascination of mine. This interest started from a young age through visiting the Natural History Museum frequently and discovering the beauty of David Attenborough documentaries. It was not until later in life that I realised the threats facing these vulnerable animals and their environments. My studies opened up the world of conservation to me and showed me the many ways in which I could put my passion for biodiversity to good use.

My love of nature has always gone hand in hand with an urge to travel and I have been lucky enough to visit much of North America, Europe, Thailand and Kenya so far. I feel very fortunate to be able to contribute to the valuable conservation research of Frontier and to work with such lovely people who share my passion and have similar goals.

Henry Anderson-Elliott Overseas Operations Intern

Henry Anderson-Elliott - Overseas Operations Intern

I have always had an interest in ecology and conservation growing as a result of many pass-times - from documentaries and travel to art and literature. After studying Geography for my undergraduate degree at Cambridge I began to greatly enjoy environmental and conservation research. Not coming from a biological background I approached these issues from a social sciences perspective - looking at the value judgements within biodiversity conservation. I researched my undergraduate dissertation in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and became vested in the conservation themes I was exploring. I have a strong interest in large predator conservation, in particular working to locate these species within the spaces of human expansion/development. These ideas led me northwards and I have applied for Masters and PhD with the Scott Polar Research Institute.

The Overseas Operations internship at Frontier is an invaluable opportunity to gain experience in the logistics and workings of conservation expedition planning. It also allows a fantastic insight into the workings of a global NGO and their group projects throughout the world. I am looking forward to contributing to this organisation and learning different skills over the next 6 months.

Bex Shorunke Online Journalism Intern

Bex Shorunke - Online Journalism Intern

It is an old saying that life begins outside the comfort of your own home, and it’s a true one. From Abeokuta, with its markets that move to their own beat whilst exhaling the scent of local cuisine, to the cramped and colorful alleys of Naples, travelling is the gateway to learning. It seasons the mind and liberalizes the mindset. It has taught me a lot about myself, the way I view the world around me and the impact I strive to make upon it. What drew me to Frontier was its ethical ethos. I felt like its status as an NGO gave it the freedom and independence to genuinely make a difference to the communities it does projects with. Moreover, rather than overshadow them, Frontier worked alongside local organizations from Costa Rica to Tanzania in their partner trips. Spending part of my gap year travelling through Central America and volunteering in Honduras with Frontier, validated my opinion about them, and so I joined as an online journalist intern.

I have a solid background in writing and it will forever be a passion of mine, with arts and culture being my main area of interest. I have just graduated from the University of Manchester studying English Literature, but in my second year collaborated with friends to create socio-political magazine ‘Gal-Dem’ which gives a journalistic platform to women of colour. I write for the arts and culture section of Gal-Dem’ as well as ‘FTP Digi’ a digital culture magazine. Hence, it was the culture aspect that drew me to apply for this position. It offered me the chance to use my articles as a basis to explore the issues, as well as celebrate the differences within various communities around the globe. It also allowed me to actually take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Determining how climate change, animal conservation and sustainability are all of equally valid significance as they intercept and overlap each other. My time interning with Frontier will give me opportunity to explore these areas further.

Zsuzsanna Selmeczy Research and Development Intern

Zsuzsanna Selmeczy - Research and Development Intern

Zsuzsanna is one of Frontier’s Research and Development Interns.  She has always been really excited about environment. She began studying Agricultural Engineering in Budapest and continued to complete a Masters in Animal Biotechnology. She loves travelling and was lucky enough to live and work in the US for almost a year in between her studies. She recently moved to London and is very keen about being an intern at  Frontier and developing the skills and knowledge she needs to pursue a career in conservation. 

Julia Yee London Conservation NGO Intern

Julia Yee - London Conservation NGO Intern

Growing up in Saudi Arabia and having had the opportunity to travel to over 30 countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the Americas thus far, travelling has always been a significant part of my life. Currently, I am a student at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where I am majoring in International Relations and Economics. Thus, interning with Frontier has been the perfect opportunity for me to get an understanding of how NGOs work, in conjunction with my passion for adventure and conservation.  


 

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