In our quest to find out what interns took away from their experiences here, we got a sort of funny reminder about an incident that happened years ago involving worms.
Meghan Greenlee Smith recalls, “I can’t ever put nightcrawlers in the fridge without thinking of the time that the big box of them was left uncovered and there were worms crawling out of the lining of the fridge and out from behind all the biscuits and other outdoor cooking food. Chris McCart and I kept screaming like we were in a haunted house!”
We had to completely pull the refrigerator apart to remove the “problem.” After that, we scraped up some funds to buy a small refrigerator to keep in the fishing equipment closet that would always be home to worms.
Meghan, like many others, really loved working here during college. “My internship was one of the best jobs I have ever had and that is saying something because I really love what I do now,” she said. Meghan is a labor and post partum nurse in Colorado.
“More than being a good nurse, working as an intern made me a better momma to my two little boys,” she said. “My oldest, Finn, is obsessed with fish and has memorized the fish cards he got at TOC this summer.”
She said she learned some lifelong lessons working here. “I learned the importance of knowing whether the people you work with enjoy a little suspense about what the day may bring or would rather know everything well ahead of time. That is a life lesson I am constantly reminded of. I think of the summer and winter that I was an intern as time well spent.”
Thanks for your work here, Meghan. If you know anyone interested in being an intern at The Outdoor Campus, have them apply online here.
We asked some of our former interns to tell us a few things they learned or loved while working at The Outdoor Campus. I LOVE this list, sent to us by Sandy Krom Bauer. Sandy was our very first intern in 1997. She came to her interview prepared, but uniquely Sandy.
I believe our conversation went like this.
Thea: Why do you want to work for The Outdoor Campus?
Sandy: Well, I really just wanted a new outfit and this was a good excuse.
Thea; You’re hired.
Or something like that.
Oh, and she also won our “coolest socks” contest by unfairly influencing the judge. She put his name on her socks.
Anyway – here’s Sandy’s list of things she learned at The Outdoor Campus:
Things I learned at the Campus.
1) Don’t underestimate the power of honesty and a new suit.
2) Don’t tan on the benches out back when your boss is having a meeting.
3) Sharing an office with someone different than yourself makes you better.
4) Learn something that is not in your job description, it makes you invaluable.
5) It’s okay if you are not one with nature, as long as you respect it.
6) Bats are cool.
7) When competing in sock competitions, think Above the knee.
8) Don’t be too cocky, they’ll get you back.
9) When you see your office mate in waders with a bucket, find something to do outside of your office for the rest of the day.
10) Make life long friends.
If you know a college student interested in working with kids and the outdoors, send them here to apply for our paid internships.
Over the years, we’ve had nearly a hundred interns go through our building. We love the energy, enthusiasm, courage and stamina those young people bring! We’re looking for a few good interns for our spring session (begins in January).
If you know of any college students looking for a job, let them know about us! We’ve got internships available for naturalists or people who love to teach others about the outdoors. They can expect to get paid ($9.45/hr) to snowshoe, cross country ski, ice fish, build winter camping structures, teach kids about mice, otters, worms, buffalo, owls, wild dogs and so much more!
What could be better than getting paid to fish? Seriously…
Any questions? Point your favorite college students here.