At PCEI, we couldn’t do what we do without volunteers, particularly our interns. This dedicated group of individuals provides additional support to our pillars of learning, serving, restoring and living. We are grateful for the time and enthusiasm they put forth. Their contributions help propel the mission of PCEI. In return, we do our best to offer guidance and provide direction for their current interests and future careers.
Nick is from Kent, WA and has a great love for the western side of the state. His curiosity to explore all of Washington led him to Pullman. Nick is currently studying Environmental and Ecosystem Science with a minor in Political Science. Nick enjoys doing any activity as long as it’s outside. Some of his favorite outdoor activities include biking, kayaking, and landscape photography around the Cascade and Palouse regions.
Born and raised in Wenatchee, WA, Abby’s eastern Washington roots pointed her in the direction of Pullman and WSU. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Abby’s appreciation for the natural environment stems from her hometown community’s connection to the outdoors. Whether it’s hiking up a trail or traveling abroad, she loves to explore. Abby hopes that her future career allows her to explore the globe and all it has to offer.
Katie Peterson, Science After Hours Intern
Originally from Minnesota, Katie arrived in Idaho to pursue a Master’s degree and serve as an AmeriCorps member through the University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) program. She made her way to Moscow and PCEI in 2012 and served another AmeriCorps term as a PCEI Environmental Educator. She then stayed on as the Lead Environmental Educator until the summer of 2014. Katie decided to head back to school to pursue a Ph.D in Biological Sciences at UI, but has continued to stay involved with our organization. She currently co-coordinates the Science After Hours program with the PCEI Outreach Coordinator. Katie is passionate about science education for the masses. Her research interests lie in the fields of evolutionary biology, island systems, and arthropods.
Sydney hails from Olympia, Washington and is attending Washington State University as a double-degree student. When she graduates, Sydney will have two bachelor of arts degrees in English and History, in addition to a minor in American Indian Studies! Not one to slow down, Sydney plans to use these credentials towards a Master’s in Teaching. She looks forward to working with the community through the Summer Storytime program. Sydney can’t wait to share her love of the environment with children and families participating in this program series.
Abby is a senior at Washington State University, where she is pursuing a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Sciences. Although she calls Woodinville, WA home, she is originally from Virginia Beach, VA. She is actively involved with athletics at WSU and in the Pullman community. Abby is passionate about coaching and teaching and is excited to put these skills to use as a PCEI intern this summer. When she’s not outside, Abby enjoys spending time with her family through road trips and traveling.