My name is Erin Bryan and I am a new Environmental/Public Policy intern here at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. Currently I am rising sophomore majoring in Biology & Biotechnology and minoring in Environmental & Sustainability Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute- known as WPI because we love our acronyms. With my studies I am hoping to learn more about how to apply microbiology to environmental stewardship and work with existing organisms- ocean critters!- to help care for and protect our wonderful natural resources. Braintree, Massachusetts is my hometown and is luckily only a quick drive from a myriad of beautiful beaches and waterfronts.
When I came across this internship opportunity, I was very excited because it was the perfect combination of two major interests of mine: environmental science and public policy for problem solving. Once I started here, I realized that Save the Harbor/Save the Bay does so much more than I ever even thought. Getting to start to see the inner workings of a non-profit and how their different projects serve both the community and the environment has been eye-opening.
Starting here as an intern has been particularly informative because one of the beaches whose water and beach quality Save the Harbor/Save the Bay helps to oversee is Wollaston Beach in Quincy, an area that much of my family has called home for decades. I remember being younger in the early 2000s and going to visit my grandmother, who would not let us swim in the ocean because it was significantly polluted. But since being at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, I’ve learned that their initiatives have made great strides towards transforming Wollaston Beach- along with many other Boston Harbor beaches- into a safe and enjoyable place for families to enjoy the waterfront and all that it has to offer.
I am very excited to have the opportunity to intern here this summer, and I look forward to being a part of the great work that Save the Harbor/Save the Bay does here in Massachusetts!