MNA Seeks Summer Communications Interns

By Annie Perry, MNA Intern

College internships teach you skills you can apply in a career. They give you hands-on experience in your chosen field and prepare you for the job you’ll get after graduation. But some internships give you more than that; some teach you more about yourself, or they teach you about the community and natural environments in which you live.

In my opinion, those are the internships that are truly worthwhile, and that is the type of education I’ve received as a communications intern for MNA.

If those experiences (plus a lot of writing) sound interesting, then MNA has an internship opportunity for you.

In addition to hiring stewardship interns, MNA is looking for communications interns for summer 2013. Communications interns are supervised by MNA’s Outreach & Development Specialists and develop promotional and educational print materials, create original content for the MNA blog, help manage MNA’s social media accounts, write and edit articles for MNA’s magazine, and write press releases. Because the job is heavily writing-based, students enrolled in journalism, public relations or communications programs are encouraged to apply, although other qualified candidates will be considered. Summer internships run from May until August, although exact dates and schedules are flexible.

According to the job description I read when I applied for the internship, MNA offers “real-world experience in a friendly setting,” and that is exactly what I’ve experienced while working here. I’m hoping to get a job in public relations or social media after graduation, and the projects I’ve completed during my internship have taught me practical skills that I can use in my career. I’ve learned to write using an organization’s voice instead of my own—a skill every PR or social media professional must have—and I’ve further developed my writing and organizational skills. I’ve also learned how to take complex information and communicate it in a way that is easy to read and understand.

But, more importantly, I’ve learned more and more about Michigan’s habitats and species each time I research a new post or article. I’ve always been interested in Michigan’s environment, but didn’t know that much about specific habitats or species until I began this internship. For me, learning about Michigan’s different natural environments and sharing that knowledge is the most rewarding part of being a communications intern for MNA.

For more information, contact Outreach & Development Specialist Allison Barszcz at abarszcz@michigannature.org or 517-655-5655. Application materials should include a resume and writing sample.

MNA Welcomes a Trio of Talent

MNA is pleased to welcome three talented and environmental-savvy interns to the communications department this winter. As the brains behind MNA communication and promotion, these interns won’t be fetching coffee or making copies. Drawing from their diverse backgrounds and experiences, they will be your leading ladies when it comes to the freshest environmental news, event coverage and the latest social media tools. They’re a friendly group, too, so feel free to contact them with ideas or just to say hello!


Angie Jackson

As a yoga instructor who enjoys rock climbing, camping, running and traveling, Angie is thrilled to join the MNA team as the News Editorial Intern and blog manager. A journalism undergraduate at Michigan State University with an interest in magazine writing, Angie’s responsibilities include bringing news to MNA members and the public, editing the newsletter and managing the blog. Angie strives to preserve life in everything she does, and believes that humans are equal parts of, not superior to, the environment. Her ultimate dream is to move to Colorado, take weekend rock climbing trips with her dog, teach yoga and write for a magazine or newspaper.


Danielle Sheley

Danielle, a public relations undergraduate at Central Michigan University, has a passion for working with nonprofit organizations, and is dedicated to making the world a better place for future generations. Thus, it’s only fitting that she is MNA’s Communications Intern. Danielle hopes to use social media tools, such as Facebook and Twitter, to help educate the public about MNA’s importance. She craves change and adventure, and her interests include traveling, being active and spending time with her family. Once she graduates in May, Danielle sees herself working in communications for a nonprofit that improves the environment or society in general.

Yang Zhang

Yang, a writing intern, graduated from Michigan State University in December with a master’s degree in environmental journalism. She is from Xi’an, China, and is passionate about nature. When she’s not digging up the latest news on our environment, she enjoys reading and jogging. By covering MNA events and writing news stories, Yang hopes to gain valuable experience in public relations and learn skills in event planning and project management.

If you have interesting or fun ideas for the blog, or are interested in contributing to our news efforts, please contact Angie by emailing ajackson@michigannature.org. If you are more interested in events, or are interested in helping out with the promotion of MNA and the environment, please contact Danielle by emailing dsheley@michigannature.org.