Hello! My name is Emma Shumway and I am a junior at Middlebury College in Vermont. I am an environmental studies major with a focus in conservation psychology. Conservation psychology is relatively new to the environmental field – it focuses on the thought processes behind beliefs and decision-making regarding environmentalism and human interactions with the natural world. An understanding of these processes provides a unique perspective on the sources of the conflicting interests and social interactions at play in policy development, and I can’t wait to see my studies in concrete application this summer.
I’m extremely excited to have been given the opportunity to intern for NACD, an organization that seems to be a perfect fit for my interests.
I have a passion for the outdoors and conservation – it was part of the reason why I chose to attend college in rural Vermont. Taking and enjoying environmental and conservation policy courses at Middlebury solidified my hopes of pursuing a career in environmental policy. I also grew up in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. Living so close to the “Capital Beltway” throughout my formative years helped to spark my interest in politics and the inner-workings of Capitol Hill. My coursework and unique conservation psych perspective along with experience from a past summer internship at a small environmental nonprofit in Washington have given me a specialized skill set that I hope will be beneficial to the National Association of Conservation Districts this summer.