Collaboration with Jane Goodall Institute provides opportunity for summer internship

Friday, September 5, 2008 2:44:00 AM

Students News


The Centre for Environment (CFE) is partnering with the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada to include collaborations on teaching and research, guest speakers on JGI's conservation programs in Africa and opportunities for University of Toronto students to participate in JGI's programs at the University as well as abroad.  Below, CFE student Rachel Anderson writes about a recent summer internship spent at JGI.

By Rachel Anderson

For the past four months I have been interning at the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, a placement I arranged for the Centre for Environment's ENV440 Professional Experience Course.

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global non-profit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things by creating healthy ecosystems, promoting sustainable livelihoods and nurturing new generations of committed, active citizens around the world. JGI Canada supports community-centred conservation programs in Africa, sanctuaries for orphaned chimpanzees, and the Roots & Shoots program in Canada. Roots & Shoots is JGI's environmental and humanitarian education program and global network of youth from over 100 countries.

This internship has been an amazing and gratifying experience. My main responsibility was to secure free advertising for JGI in national and local newspapers and magazines, but I was also given the opportunity to work in other areas including the Roots and Shoots program, day to day operations, and event planning. I also attended staff meetings where I gained a better understanding of the Institute as a whole and how my work fit into the bigger picture.

JGI has a small staff, all of whom made me feel welcome. The office environment is open and communicative, and I always felt my ideas were being heard. While working here, I was inspired by the commitment and dedication shown by my co-workers and I learned many important lessons and received valuable feedback from my supervisors that will help me in my future career.

For more information on the Jane Goodall Institute, please visit: http://www.environment.utoronto.ca/Research/FacultyResearch/JaneGoodallInstitute.aspx and www.janegoodall.ca.

Rachel Anderson is a fourth year Hons B.A. student, majoring in Environmental Policy and Practice and in Political Science.