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CROW welcomes new education, marketing intern

By CROW - | Jan 5, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Haillie Mesics

Haillie Mesics has joined the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel as its newest conservation education and marketing intern. The six-month internship began on Dec. 1.

Mesics, who grew up in East Burke, Vermont, received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy with concentrations in legal advocacy, sustainability and wildlife conservation from the University of Tampa in 2018. Before arriving at CROW, she completed a wildlife care internship at the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine.

“I’m hoping to gain a greater understanding of the vast biodiversity in coastal environments, along with finding new and interesting ways to engage the public on what can be done to protect/preserve these wild spaces,” Mesics said. “I also hope to supplement my wildlife rehabilitation knowledge with marketing skills to better understand the functionality on the business end of a non-profit organization.”

She will engage with visitors at the CROW’s Education Center and events, along with helping to develop content for its social media pages, Website and news stories. Her aspirations extend beyond the internship into helping wildlife through legislation.

“Ideally, I would like to continue my experience in wildlife rehabilitation and, eventually, attend law school,” Mesics said. “This path would allow me to immerse myself in practical knowledge that can be utilized to develop future legislation protecting wildlife and preserving natural ecosystems.”

CROW’s Conservation Education and Marketing internship program is designed for those interested in pursuing careers in environmental conservation, communication or other related fields. Interns learn about CROW on an organizational level and apply the information through public speaking engagements and outreach events. They also learn about the impact of communication through social media outlets and community partnerships with local newspaper and media companies.

For more information about the program, visit www.CROWClinic.org/articles.student-programs.