Meet The Interns Pt. 1

At Mobile Baykeeper, we are fortunate enough to have five different interns that help us carry out many of our daily tasks, and most importantly all share a common interest in our core mission and values as an organization. They are a very talented and diverse group of individuals, ranging from all ages, backgrounds, career and personal interests. Here’s a great chance to get to know them a little better.

Hanlon Walsh, 25 (Programs Intern)

Growing up in Mobile, like many of us, I’ve always had a great appreciation for our Gulf Coast. Whether spending time on the beach, exploring different rivers and creeks in my kayak, or going out for a cruise on a friend or family member’s boat, I try to spend as much time on the water as possible, which is what led me to Mobile Baykeeper. Being part of an organization that works to protect and preserve all of our local waterways has been such a positive experience.

I graduated from Birmingham­-Southern in 2012 with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Urban Environmental Studies. After graduation, I was in no hurry to start a career, so I moved out west to the rocky mountain paradise of Jackson Hole, WY, where I spent the next three years. During this time, I worked seasonally at a fine dining Italian restaurant, which allowed me to do quite a bit of traveling during the shoulder seasons to different areas throughout U.S., Central America, and Southeast Asia.

After three years, I was ready for a change and soon enough found myself back home interning for the summer. So far, I have done a little bit of everything here at Baykeeper. From conducting research and attending meetings for the Mobile Greenway Initiative, helping out with different community outreach events, or assisting the development director with the planning of our various fundraisers ­- every day at Baykeeper is always a different experience. It has been great to be involved with an organization that is so active in our community. 

Nicole Bridgewater, 21 (Volunteer/Membership Intern)

Hi, my name is Nicole. I am from Pinson, AL, a small town just northeast of Birmingham. I am currently attending the University of South Alabama (Go Jags!), and will be entering my senior year this fall. I am majoring in marketing with a concentration in business management.

Coming from Central Alabama, one of the main reasons I wanted to move to Mobile was to be closer to the beach. Luckily, I was fortunate enough to hear about Mobile Baykeeper through Casi Callaway, who encouraged me to apply for an internship here. Thus far, I have primarily been working alongside Holly Dayton with all of our membership and volunteer coordinating activities. My main focus has primarily been assisting and organizing weekly youth community cleanups with organizations from around the country.

Interning at Baykeeper has truly been an eye ­opener for me. I have learned so much about the city of Mobile and how important is to be involved in your community, and these are valuable lessons that I will take with me wherever I go in the future.