M.S. in Animals and Public Policy Externship Experience (MAPP)
WildEarth Guardians: Ending the War on Wildlife in New Mexico
While at WildEarth Guardians, I spent time working closely with the Wildlife Coexistence Campaigner. In this role, I participated in a grassroots effort to end contracts with USDA-Wildlife Services and to promote non-lethal management in Southern New Mexico. I also worked on a state-wide campaign to ban trapping on public lands. For both campaigns I created infographics, developed fact sheets for legislators, recruited supporters to provide testimony and attended hearings and meetings with elected officials. Having a working knowledge of the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act was helpful in analyzing the current laws and establishing an effective advocacy strategy. The MAPP program gave me the skills to examine animal issues from a variety of perspectives and equipped me with the ability to adapt advocacy materials to a specified target audience. This internship provided me ample opportunities to network and to make valuable connections with animal advocacy professionals and academics.