WESTMINSTER — Laurel Pogue of Easton, a senior at McDaniel College, was awarded a summer intern fellowship from McDaniel’s Center for Experience and Opportunity.
Pogue, who has a double major in environmental studies and English, spent her summer working at the Chincoteague National Wildfire Refuge in Chincoteague, Va. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is responsible for resource management and conservation efforts, while also becoming a popular tourist destination that connects the public to wildlands and wildlife, according to the organization’s website. She also is completing a minor in biology.
During the internship, Pogue worked as a visitor services intern at the refuge, helping visitors at the visitor center, Assateague Lighthouse and all across the refuge. In addition to that work, Pogue assisted with maintaining the trails, conducting bird surveys with biologists, shadowing the fee collectors, making social media posts and updating the educational resources.
Pogue has been involved in the Green Terror Programs, the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity and music ensembles. She has served in a variety of leadership roles at the McDaniel Free Press student newspaper and was named president of the Green Terror Programs this fall.
She participates in the Compost Club, Student Alumni Council, and the Mid-Shore Community Band. She currently works in the McDaniel College Office of Student Engagement as the social media and online content engagement peer.
The summer intern fellowship is awarded by the CEO at McDaniel College to provide competitive awards to help defray the cost of summer internships for current students. Recipients represent McDaniel College and the CEO at internship sites throughout the United States and the world.
The program is supported, in part, by gifts from The Rupe-Stuart Internship Award, courtesy of McDaniel College Board of Trustee member Mark Stuart M.S. ‘94 and Timothy Rupe, and The Nora Roberts Foundation.
For more information about the CEO at McDaniel College, visit www.mcdan iel.edu/ceo.