Fall Interns: Endlessly Enthusiastic
Written by Plant With Purpose on September 19, 2016 in General
Fall is in the air. Students are back at school, the weather is changing, and we’re gearing up for the Planting Hope Gala. Our new class of interns are jumping right into the mix of excitement in the office (and have picked out their favorite gala auction item to be pictured with). These six interns bring amazing experiences and great enthusiasm with them as they use their gifts and talents to support and further Plant With Purpose’s efforts. Read on to learn more!
CAMERON WILKINS – MARKETING AND OUTREACH
Hello! I’m Cameron Wilkins, one of the new marketing and outreach interns for this fall! I am originally from Orange County, but I moved down to San Diego to get a degree in international studies from Point Loma Nazarene University.
Being involved with homeless ministry on campus has given me the skills and passion to help poor and desperate individuals living on the margins of society. Pairing this with the classes I have taken regarding human rights and the environment, I feel equipped and informed on the economic and political problems of the world. The only missing piece was a way to make change happen. That’s when Scott Sabin came in to talk to my “environment and people” class about the work he is involved in abroad. I was thoroughly inspired that Plant With Purpose was making real long-term change instead of simply giving handouts. That’s when I first heard about Plant With Purpose and I can honestly say that God has placed me in all those classes and ministry roles for a reason: to reveal and foster my passion for the restoration of relationships with God and the environment that he deeply cares for.
The theologian Beldon Lane writes, “Divine love is incessantly restless until it turns all woundedness into health, all deformity into beauty and all embarrassment into laughter.” I am happy to have found a team of heroes at Plant With Purpose who are working hard to all around the world by being the hands and feet of Jesus.
BROOKE PEARSON – FINANCE
My name is Brooke and I’m a senior at San Diego State University. I’m currently working hard to get my finance degree this May. In my spare time, I mentor and tutor freshmen students at SDSU in writing and communication courses. I love helping students transition into the exciting new world of college. Other organizations that I’m apart of at SDSU are the Financial Investments Society and a Panhellenic sorority. These organizations have helped me grow and stay connected to campus. Some of my hobbies include learning to cook, dreaming about traveling the world, and obsessing over every dog I come across.
Growing up I always enjoyed mathematical puzzles and finding ways to collect data to create graphs. I’m very passionate about using my mathematical abilities to solve problems and I hope to use these skills as part of my career. My dream is to become a Chief Financial Officer at a company that helps others. Keeping an aspect of humanitarianism in my life is important to me because it drives me to work harder knowing I’m making a difference.
I’m excited to experience the real world of finance at Plant With Purpose this fall and learn the software and processes including this year’s accounting audit. I also can’t wait to further get to know all the amazing people that work so hard to contribute to Plant With Purpose’s success.
WALT HOLMES – GRANT WRITING
Hello — I am Walt Holmes. Joining Plant With Purpose as an intern is a new step in my life after teaching children with disabilities for many years. I have loved helping students and now I hope to serve people around the world through writing grants.
The holistic model of Plant With Purpose really appeals to me. I am excited to learn more about how we can care for God’s creation so that lives are made better.
I still like working with kids, so I volunteer at The Bridge Community Center in Escondido. Here, children get help with their homework and socialize in a friendly and supportive setting.
SIERRA HAMILTON – GRAPHIC DESIGN
My name is Sierra Hamilton and I’m currently finishing my fourth year at Point Loma Nazarene University. I’m delighted to join Plant With Purpose as the graphic design intern this fall. I’m studying graphic design and hope to merge my love for creativity, along with my deep affection for people post graduation.
I have always been intrigued with nonprofit work and have a heart for communities, especially those stuck in poverty. Along with being interested in people, I also enjoy the outdoors and nature. The love I have for both of these led me to seek out Plant With Purpose. I am passionate about preserving God’s creation, along with using the resources he has given us. My dream is to bring awareness to the poverty throughout the world, with the need of caring for the environment.
In my free time you will find me relaxing in the sunshine or swimming in the salty ocean water. I love to bike, hike, run, surf, and any other activity that gets me outdoors. Living in San Diego is the best and I take full advantage of our sought out weather. I also love experimenting in the kitchen and creating fun “healthy” food with my six roommates.
OWEN CLARKE – MARKETING AND OUTREACH
I’m an environmental studies major with a journalism minor at the University of San Diego. I love to rock climb, backpack, and write stories. I grew up enjoying the outdoors, and from a young age my parents fostered in me a strong appreciation of and respect for the natural world. My dream is to find a career where I can utilize my passion for writing to aid in environmental protection and stewardship. Additionally, my ultimate goal is for my life to be one that benefits and improves the lives of others. Thus, the opportunity to intern for Plant With Purpose, with their trifecta mission of environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and spiritual renewal is an incredibly exciting opportunity. I’m looking forward to working with Plant With Purpose and excited to see the new experiences this fall holds for me.
JAMES CHAPLIN – (REMOTE) RESEARCH INTERN
I am a graduate with a of bachelors in environmental studies and a masters in geography specializing in GIS and remote sensing. I was lucky enough to be born a Kiwi and grow up in rural New Zealand. My upbringing and education give me a clear understanding of the relationship between people and the land and how important it is to be good stewards of the earth and to preserve it for the future.
After university, I decided to see what opportunities lay overseas. I started my journey looking for work in Australia as I had family there but unfortunately, spent my savings while looking for work so I changed course and went to teach English in South Korea for two years. This was a wonderful experience and I managed to save enough money to make it to Canada this year to look for an internship that could get me back into environmental work.
When I found the internship with Plant With Purpose, I knew it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I was inspired by their holistic vision and practical methods that enable rural communities in undeveloped nations to lift themselves from poverty while protecting and enhancing their local ecosystem. Their work instantly reminded me of my research trip to Nepal I did for my masters. I witness great poverty in the in the rural communities of the Himalayas. But I also saw the staggering beauty of the landscape as well as communities that used ecotourism and sustainable agriculture to live relatively prosperous lives. I feel very privileged to be working with an organization that does such vital work around the world. I hope this experience will lead to more fantastic opportunities in the future.