Nature Positive welcomed a new intern this summer
The Nature Positive team was delighted to host Dan for an eight-week paid placement from July to August 2022 as part of Oxford University’s Crankstart Scholar internship programme.
Dan is transitioning into his third year of undergraduate biology at Queen’s College, Oxford. He has always loved nature and being outdoors and has pursued this outside of academia through wildlife photography and conservation volunteering. He hopes to follow a career in sustainability and conservation in the future, making sure biodiversity loss is regarded as being as important as other worldwide issues.
After he completed his internship, we asked him a few questions about his experience working in our team.
What have you enjoyed most about your internship with Nature Positive?
I have learned so much during my internship and have enjoyed almost everything I have had a go at. Learning how a consultancy operates alone has helped provide insight into the sector and applying myself to research tasks and writing articles has helped to sharpen these skills. I also enjoyed the project-based task structure in creating tools for clients, as this meant everything was organised and well-structured and gave the feeling that I was creating something. The highlight of the internship was the RSK company BioBlitz at Blenheim Palace – this gave a very rare insight into a broad biodiversity survey over a very large area, and with on-site pizza and camping, what isn’t to love!
What are some key things you have learned during your time with us?
Thanks to the broad range of tasks I have undertaken, I have learned a lot during my internship and have developed multiple skills. I have learned how to address different audiences through tone and structure in articles I have written, while still conveying important information. Furthermore, I have learned new skills in Excel and QGIS, including how to use this software to deliver useful tools for external organisations as well as for Nature Positive and RSK itself. Finally, from the BioBlitz survey at Blenheim Palace, I have learned a great deal more about the work and knowledge that goes into ecological surveying and am excited to apply this in different roles and develop these skills into the future.
Has your time working with Nature Positive changed your perspective on what you might want to do in the future?
My placement with Nature Positive has given me a great insight into the consultancy sector and will definitely help to shape my career progression as I explore more sectors in the future. Not only this, but it has made me realise the work that goes on behind policies, decisions and even simple calculator tools centred around biodiversity. I hope to be able to apply what I have learned and the skills I have developed in my future career!
Thank you, Dan, for everything you have done during your placement and good luck with the rest of your university course. As we grow our team, Nature Positive is always on the lookout for people with interest and experience in business and sustainability. If this sounds like you, please get in touch.
Dan at RSK Biocensus’s BioBlitz at Blenheim Palace (image source: Kasia Lubowiecka)
*Banner image by Henry Be on Unsplash