The Intern Intel Report: Summer 2019 #1

I’m Jenna Clemenzi, a Legislative Affairs intern at Mass Audubon. I grew up in Danvers, Massachusetts and just recently moved to Boston. I graduated from Simmons University in May ’19 with my BA in Political Science, and I’ll be returning to Simmons in the fall to start my Master of Public Policy. I’ve always had an interest in environmental policies and sustainability, so I’m excited to learn more about Mass Audubon’s advocacy initiatives this summer.

During my senior year of high school, I interned at Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. I grew up nearby this sanctuary and enjoyed hiking the trails and canoeing along the Ipswich River. I loved spending time outside and visiting the sanctuary, so it was the perfect way to end my senior year! I learned how the staff preserves and manages the grounds, and helped upkeep the sanctuary, doing everything from clearing trails to managing groups of volunteers. This experience gave me a great appreciation for Mass Audubon and the work they do to protect nature in Massachusetts.   

As a Public Policy student, I am interested in pursuing a career related to environmental policy. I’m always looking for ways to live more sustainably and I’d love for my career to have a positive environmental impact too! I’m looking forward to spending this summer learning more about current environmental legislation in Massachusetts, and the influence that organizations like Mass Audubon can have on state policies.