Kaylee Finch '25

Teaching children about wildlife
UNH student Kaylee Finch '25

Kaylee Finch ’25 is a wildlife and conservation biology major from North Attleboro, Massachusetts who is spending her summer teaching children about wildlife and inspiring them to care about animals and their environment.

Kaylee was able to accept the unpaid internship thanks to a stipend from COLSA’s SOAR Fund. The fund supports undergraduate students by providing stipends that may be used to supplement unpaid internships or pay for transportation to interviews and career events. The SOAR Fund accepts applications year-round. While all COLSA students are invited to apply, applicants with financial need are strongly encouraged.

COLSA: Tell us about your internship.

Kaylee Finch: I am interning at the Wild Adventures Summer Programs run by the Earth Limited Department at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, Mass. As an education intern, I am responsible for assisting staff in setting up, organizing and running summer education camps for children of various ages.

COLSA: What attracted you to the position?

Kaylee: I am very passionate and interested in wildlife and environmental education as it is essential to properly conserve the environment and all its inhabitants. I also love working with children and teaching them about topics such as animal behavior, zoology, evolution and more. I firmly believe that children are the future of wildlife and environmental conservation and thus their education is very important.

COLSA: Looking back on what you accomplished as an intern, what are you most proud of?

Kaylee: I am proud of the impact I am having on inspiring young children to care about animals and the environment and inspiring them to make a difference.

COLSA: What was the most valuable thing you learned?

Kaylee: I have been learning and working on tailoring education materials and topics to people and children of various ages, backgrounds, interests, etc.

COLSA: How has this experience impacted you?

Kaylee: It has reinforced my love and passion for wildlife education and inspired me to pursue a career in this field.

COLSA: Any advice for students looking for an internship?

Kaylee: I highly recommend using Handshake and the other CaPS resources to find internships that interest you and apply to as many as possible to give you multiple options.

COLSA: Tell us something you love about UNH.

Kaylee: I love all of the resources and opportunities available for undergraduates to help us succeed in both academic and professional settings.