Where do they go next?
Heading into the winter, at least 5 members of this summer’s class will transition to contributing to the BOEC in some capacity for the winter programs. One member of the class, Marin, is transferring into the Winter Internship Program (WOOO, you go girl!). We are also happy to share that one will be heading to be a research assistant at Penn State, another will be joining the BOEC community in the front range by accepting a job in a behavioral health facility, and another returned to grad school in early September to pursue engineering. All in all, it is important to recognize that it takes all types of people to make our mission a reality here at the BOEC.
Graduates of the BOEC Intern Program make up a significant number of both our seasonal and full-time staff as we traditionally encourage graduates to continue to pursue opportunities within the BOEC, hoping to expand our year-round retention with our seasonally employed team. In fact, 100% of the year-round team who oversee the operations of the Wilderness Program started as BOEC Interns. Now THAT is a statistic, we are very proud of!
We wrapped up the summer season with our 9th Annual Cast Iron Cook-Off Competition. This cook off is a way for all of BOEC staff to get together and celebrate a summer of hard work, especially the interns. The delicious event is also a great way to innovate our cooking techniques as all recipes are made in an iron skillet or dutch oven and ranked based on feasibility in-the-field. An intern from the class of 2003, our Wilderness Program Director, Jaime Overmyer, took home the 1st Place Golden Tongs with her Buffalo Chicken quesadilla wraps this year, but three teams of this year’s interns placed in the top 3 of each category which is something to be proud of indeed!
Following the cook off we moved right into the graduation ceremony where we celebrated this intern class for their successes and growth throughout the season.
Thank you to Adriella White, Carlos Jimenez-Vazquez, Cassandra Baca, Claire Sullivan, Daniel Folta, Emily Vican, Emma Stern, Katherine Stadler, Marin Gala, Samantha Ricker and Zachary Yengo for all for your hard work and congratulations on a successful summer!