Intern Journal: Steve

The Squam Conservation Internship provides skills and experience for future conservation professionals while working as the driving force behind the SLA’s conservation mission.  This volunteer internship provides hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a broad range of activities.  Interns serve as campsite hosts and caretakers at our backcountry campsites, work toward the eradication of variable milfoil, help preserve loon populations on Squam, engage both youth and adults in environmental education, and perform other conservation duties such as shoreline restoration and trail maintenance and construction. Squam Conservation Interns also regularly write about their experiences in the Squam Watershed. Learn more about the internship program here.

August 17, 2017


The saying “Time flies when you’re having fun” reflects upon my experience at Squam Lake. I have found this internship to be more rewarding than I could have ever anticipated. Learning new skills and watching myself and fellow interns progress in competence has been the most rewarding part of this internship for me.

August 24, we will go our separate ways, but we will carry our experience from Squam Lake wherever life takes us. It has been an honor serving with my fellow interns whether diving for milfoil, freezing at the bottom of Winnipesauke, or emptying poop buckets; it was comforting to know a group of fun, kind, and supportive people had my back. However, there is still time. I intend on making the most of these last days by working diligently, exploring the area, and sharing experiences with other interns.

Steve is a rising junior at Virginia Tech where he studies Fish and Wildlife Conservation. Read his full bio here.