Spring Interns: Caring for Creation and Others

Written by Plant With Purpose on February 2, 2016 in General


Read through the profiles of our spring interns and you’ll quickly realize we’re a lucky organization to have these students invest their time in Plant With Purpose. The themes of loving the outdoors, being rooted in faith, and wanting to take care of creation are threads throughout. Help us welcome these young ladies who are ready to make their mark on the world!



As a lover and adventurer of the outdoors, I make it my mission to protect nature as much as possible. Combined with a passion for helping others, I was drawn to Plant With Purpose because of their mission to help not only the environment, but also people around the world. I want to work in the field of sustainable agriculture and am excited to learn about farming techniques in different parts of the world.

I am a sophomore student at the University of San Diego studying economics with minors in mathematics and environmental studies. In the evenings and on weekends, I can be found rock climbing, hiking, swimming, or doing almost anything outside!

As the programs intern this semester, I look forward to helping Plant With Purpose to bring economic, environmental, and spiritual change to the global communities they seek to empower. I hope to use this experience to build on my future graduate research in environmental economics, in an effort to further develop sustainable solutions around the globe.



“I cannot change the world. Jesus will do that. I can, however, change the world for one person … And if one person sees the love of Christ in me, it is worth everything. In fact, it is worth spending my life for.” These words written by Katie Davis in her book Kisses from Katie encapsulates what I hope to give and receive from my internship at Plant With Purpose.

As someone who grew up in an affluent area of New Jersey, it was often difficult to understand what individuals in developing countries must endure on a daily basis. However, I have been working tirelessly for the last eight years to best understand what sustainable development means and how it can be accomplished. Over the past three years, I’ve gained some international nonprofit experience traveling to Uganda three times to further Heart for People’s work. I currently attend Northeastern University in Boston, studying international affairs with a concentration in global health and development.

While obtaining an internship is part of my graduation requirements, I was enthusiastic to learn that I secured an internship with Plant With Purpose. I truly believe the sustainable work that Plant With Purpose is doing is part of the work Jesus has called us to. Not only is hope being provided but collaboration is happening to better the lives of individuals globally. I look forward to learning from the organization’s marketing strategies and their interactions with supporters, partners, and the like.



Hi! My name is Carleigh and I’m currently a fourth year at the University of San Diego, pursuing a political science degree with minors in sociology, business, and nonprofit management. After graduation (in just a few short months), my hope is to work for an international nonprofit. I am excited to serve as the grant writing intern with Plant With Purpose this semester to learn about a new aspect of nonprofits through grant writing, while combining my love for humanitarian and environmental causes.

In my free time, I can usually be found hiking, practicing yoga, reading on the beach, or enjoying a good meal with friends or family. I absolutely love doing anything outside, and my friends often joke that if a place has even one tree, they can guarantee I will fall in love with it. I enjoy immersing myself in nature because I feel God most clearly when I am surrounded by His creation. This has made me passionate about preserving His creation, not only for my spiritual benefit, but also for the good it does for the livelihood of people around the world. I am thrilled to be part of an organization that also treasures God’s creation and works so effectively to solve the economic, spiritual, and environmental problems of poverty.

I feel privileged to be a part of the Plant With Purpose team this semester and I am eager to help further their mission while learning about new and innovative ways to bring about sustainable development.



My name is Tandy Johnson and I am thrilled to be one of the marketing and outreach interns for Spring 2016. I am from Monterey, which is arguably the most beautiful town in California. Being from an area where nature is respected and protected, I have grown up with an intense love for God’s creation. My mom was a humane officer for our local animal shelter so through that influence, one of my goals is to work for the ethical treatment of animals and wildlife conservation internationally. Environmental sustainability and educating people about the issues goes hand-in-hand with animal conservation, which I find particularly interesting. I have always been fascinated with nature and the way that humans interact with the earth, which I think Plant With Purpose will help foster.

I am currently a sophomore at the University of San Diego and am involved with multiple organizations on campus. I am in the process of getting my BA in international relations and minoring in both environmental science and theology. I am a telefunder, so I get to talk to potential donors about scholarships for deserving students. I also work as a writing tutor, and have a few leadership positions in my sorority. When my schedule is not so busy, you can find me reading in a corner of Barnes and Noble till the store closes. I also love to hike, but I almost exclusively hike in Big Sur (if you take a trip to Big Sur I recommend the Soberanes hike—it is life changing). Lastly, my happy place is the beach, which is partly the reason I chose San Diego as my second home.

In Fall 2015 I was desperately hoping to find an internship that fostered my need to help not only people but the environment as well. I have always felt the need to give back to the earth, but I have never found somewhere where I can make a difference. When my career counselor told me about Plant With Purpose, I was ecstatic to finally find a nonprofit that aligned so well with my interests and constantly strives to serve people. I hope to gain skills that I can put to use, in order to better this planet that God has blessed us with.

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