Written by Plant With Purpose on January 19, 2017 in General
With winter fading and spring on the horizon, the Plant With Purpose HQ is bustling with a few new, fresh faces. These four interns come to us equipped with a variety of real-world experience, an eagerness to learn through their various disciplines, and an enthusiasm to contribute to Plant With Purpose’s impactful work. We are thrilled to have them joining our team for the next few months. Read on to learn about their motivations for interning with Plant With Purpose!
MEGHAN SWARTZ – MARKETING AND OUTREACH
As a journalism major in college and a reporter after graduation, I discovered that while I loved writing, I wanted to take on a role in which I could advocate for a cause—specifically, one that recognized and empowered the people whom it wished to help.
A year later, I got the opportunity I’d been waiting for. I recently moved from Chicago to San Diego for my husband’s job after getting married in December, just in time for the start of Plant With Purpose’s spring internship program. I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to tell the stories of those participating in Plant With Purpose’s programs around the world as the Communications Intern. I believe that their stories of challenge, restoration, and hope need to be told, and I am honored to help tell them.
When not at Plant With Purpose or unpacking boxes, I’m looking forward to exploring southern California with my husband, finding as many cute coffee shops as possible, and working on my very rusty rock climbing skills!
ERIN DEVRIES – GRAPHIC DESIGN
I am so excited to be the spring 2017 Graphic Design intern at Plant With Purpose! When I found out about Plant With Purpose, I was blown away by their mission and the work they do to improve people’s lives, communities, and the environment. My whole life I’ve been committed to helping people and the environment and doing my part to make the world a better place. I believe we should help those who are less fortunate than ourselves, and I firmly believe in the golden rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
As a graphic designer, I hope to help Plant With Purpose in any way I can to support the organization, from designing letterhead or fundraising gala invitations, to creating infographics to make it easier for the public to understand the program.
I’m a southern California native, with a family background extending all over the world: Austria, Germany, Canada, and Mexico. I enjoy genealogy and studying my family heritage, as well as studying all human culture from ancient times to today. I’m a huge animal lover and have always had several pets at any given time. I love spending time in nature to observe the natural beauty and allowing it to inspire me. Plant With Purpose’s goals align closely with my own, and I’m very grateful to play a part in their work.
ANNIE REISWIG – GRANT WRITING
Hello, I’m Annie Reiswig and I will be serving as the grant writing intern this spring. I recently graduated from Miami University (Ohio) as a student-athlete with a double major in Anthropology and Sustainability. My love for the environment and my desire to help people has
led me to seek out working with nonprofits like Plant With Purpose.
I grew up in Northern California, near Lake Tahoe, where I became enamored with the outdoors at an early age. I enjoy hiking, skiing, and playing beach volleyball. I have been passionate about protecting our environment since 5th grade when a nonprofit organization came into my class, spoke to us about the small things we could do to save our planet, and handed out water- saving shower heads and energy-saving lightbulbs.
For my senior capstone class at Miami I was a part of a grant writing team that focused on innovative ways to combat malaria in Zambia. The experience helped guide my decision to pursue grant writing as a platform to help people and our planet. With this internship I am eager to learn more about sustainable development and environmental restoration, as well as learn everything there is to know about working as a grant writer for a nonprofit organization.
KEN OKURA – FINANCE
Hello! I’m Ken and I’m currently a senior at the University of San Diego, graduating this spring with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. This spring I’ll be serving as the finance intern at Plant With Purpose and working alongside the Finance Assistant and Director of Finance and Administration to assist in financial management for the organization.
Highly engaged in physical activity, I enjoy just about any sport, from soccer to golf and snowboarding to rock climbing. You name the sport, I’ll try it! Recently, I have been intrigued by photography and enjoy spending my free time exploring in nature while snapping photos of my surroundings.
I look forward to blending my love of nature and finance at Plant With Purpose this spring.
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