Meet The Greenway Interns
14 Thursday Jul 2016
Written by Alan Auger in In the Office
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Autumn Nguyen, Community Relations and Marketing Intern
This is Autumn’s second year interning with The Greenway. She attends the University of Massachusetts, Amherst majoring in Communication. She has previously interned at the Asian Community Development Corporation, as well as volunteering at Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish. Autumn is a member of the Vietnamese Students Association, Asian Students in Action, and the Vietnamese Students Society. She is interested in getting the message of The Greenway to the people of Boston.
From Autumn: “I am currently majoring in Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I have been in Boston all of my life, and it has definitely changed and evolved into a city that I am very proud of. One of my favorite landmarks in Boston is The Rose Kennedy Greenway and working here last summer was a blast. After being away for one semester in Germany, I am glad to be back! Every day is a new day at the office, and it is definitely a job that I brag about way too often to my friends. There will be a plethora of events and projects at The Greenway for the rest of the year, and I cannot wait to be a part of them!”
Chenglin Dai, Accounting and Administration Intern
Originally from Beijing, Chenglin is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Accountancy at Bentley University. He graduated from the University of International Business and Economics with a BA in Business English, and his past experience includes not only accounting at Siemens Factory Automation in Beijing, but also computer programming, community recycling coordination, and volunteering with a Mandarin translation organization.
From Chenglin: “I am studying Accountancy at Bentley University. I have lived in the Greater Boston Area for one year. Rose Kennedy Greenway is a wonderful place to work. It has great events to attend and great people to work with. I have learnt a lot here. My experience at The Greenway will definitely pave a solid foundation for my future career.”
Chris Connolly, Horticulture Intern
Chris hails from Woburn. He attends the University of Notre Dame as an Environmental Science major. His experience includes working in the Office of Sustainability, helping out with Habitat for Humanity, DJ’ing and playing Ultimate Frisbee on the Club Team, as well as finding the time to complete his first marathon. Chris is interested in Urban Agriculture, learning about organics and minimizing the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
From Chris: “I am a rising junior studying Environmental Science at the University of Notre Dame. I grew up in Woburn, MA, just north of Boston. I decided to intern at the RFK Greenway because of its organic horticulture and sustainable efforts. As an Environmental Science major I am interested in learning how to use organic procedures in a complex environment such as the city, especially when it comes to urban agriculture. I hope to use the skills I learn to further the role of organic urban agriculture in feeding our growing cities. Additionally, The Greenway is an impressive oasis of green in a bustling city that is full of smells, noise and pollution. I am proud to say I help maintain these beautiful parks.”
Jiaqi Wang, Park Operations Intern
Jiaqi is currently studying for her Masters in ‘Design for Sustainable Urban Environments’ from Northeastern University. As an undergrad she studied at Renmin University of China in Beijing, earning a Bachelor of Management degree from the College of Public Policy with a minor in Urban Planning. She has just finished up a part time internship with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy where she assisted with the Muddy River flood restoration project.
From Jiaqi: “I’m originally from China and came down to Boston to pursue a Master of Design at Northeastern University. Being part of a Sustainable Urbanism course, I was acquainted with many elements of Urban Realm in the city. The best way I could gain first hand experience for my field of study was to work with the Rose Kennedy Greenway. I was part of the Department of Park Operations, and working with a great team made my stint here meaningful. Exploring Boston over the years, walking through places such as Dewey Square and North End Park, it was a great opportunity to be on the other side and experience design and planning first-hand.”
Meredith Curry, Community Relations and Marketing Intern
Meredith attends Wellesley College, and is studying for a BA in economics. Her experience includes interning at Adams National Historical Park in North Quincy, volunteering at The Chinatown Afterschool Program and Huaxin Chinese Language School, and playing varsity squash. She also provides guidance for the Wellesley athlete mentor program on an athletic and academic balance.
From Meredith: “I am a rising junior studying economics at Wellesley College. I have lived in the Boston area for nearly all of my life, and I have seen the city grow – and grown with it. I am a part of multiple Boston-area communities, and I am especially involved with local Chinese communities through volunteering programs. I am also interested in mathematics and psychology, which has led me to explore the marketing and data analytics areas within economic practices. I chose to intern at The Greenway because the position of “Community Relations and Marketing Intern” perfectly fit my academic and community passions. I hope to learn more about targeted outreach and marketing efforts, and to continue enjoying the vibrancy and energy that is always present in the office and along Boston’s beautiful Greenway.”
Nelson Laboy, Horticulture Intern
Originally from Philadelphia, Nelson has a variety of experience. He interned for Preston Consulting in Norwood to support International Federation of American Football PR programs, and more recently he has managed a deli on the UTI Norwood campus, along with volunteering to assist adults studying for the G.E.D. He is fluent in Spanish, and will be learning about organics and pesticide-free gardening with the rest of the Horticulture team.
Sam Rogers, Maintenance Intern
Sam attends Boston College High School. He is an avid volunteer at Christ the King and the Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester, MA, as well as a Basketball camp assistant at Gordon College. He plays football and Ultimate Frisbee, and participated in SALT, a four-week residential leadership training program including service projects in New Hampshire, Arizona, and Mexico. Sam will be working with the Maintenance team to repair and maintain the fountains, and the electrical, mechanical, and hardscape elements of The Greenway.