The second CAPAL Intern Spotlight this week is Tien Weber from Shenzhen, China. A graduate student at the University of Florida, this summer she is interning with the USDA Forest Service out of Vajello, California.

What was the moment in your life when you realized you wanted to explore public service?

When I was in high school I was a part of Key Club – a volunteer organization. I realized that volunteering with friends was fun, educational, and impactful.

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What are your main responsibilities at your position? What are you looking forward to the most in your position?

My main responsibilities are working on organizing a micro-grant project, finding creative ways to teach sustainability, revising and organizing forest service plans, and attending outreach events. I’m looking forward to the connections & friendships I’ll make and the memories I’ll create.

Did you find anything surprising about your internship or doing public service work?

I’m surprised at the complexity and integration of the forest service and the dedication to public service work that the employees have displayed – it’s inspiring!

IMG 2020 225x300 CAPAL Intern Spotlight Tien Weber 16How does this internship help you with your professional goals? What do you want to get out of it?

As an environmental science major, I hope to do something in a professional field of sustainability. I hope to get a better understanding of the environment and how to make an impact from my time here.  

What motivates you?

If I’m surrounded by a group of people who are passionate about what they do, it inspires and motivates me.

What is something that most people would not know about you?

I use to practice Tai Chi in high school and apparently there’s a group of employees at the Forest Service who started a Tai Chi group – made me smile!

When you get off work, what do you do? What are your weekend activities?

On weekdays I go home and cook, do some personal work usually, and relax at home. On weekends, I usually go to UC Berkeley or San Fransisco to visit friends. I’ve taken a day trip to Yosemite and plan to visit LA as well!

What are you most excited to do in Washington D.C. (or wherever you are)?

I’m excited about exploring the bay area and checking out In-N-Out! In D.C. I want to check out the hidden gems of the area.IMG 3831 225x300 CAPAL Intern Spotlight Tien Weber 16

Tien is an Environmental Science major and minors in International Studies in Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida. She is interested in studying sustainable solutions to international agricultural issues. She studied food and crop production abroad at Purpan University in France and interned with a Professor of rural sociology. At her university, Tien is involved with the Asian American Student Union through her attendance at ECAASU, work as a committee director and member, and assistance as a mentor for international students. Tien also spent her time as a research assistant in seed germination, and will conduct research on local crops for her undergraduate thesis. She will intern with the USDA Forest Service in Vallejo, CA this summer and looks forward to the opportunities they have to offer.

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Posted by Felicia Wong

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Felicia Wong is currently a senior at the College of William and Mary, double majoring in Neuroscience and Asian American Studies, and minoring in Biochemistry. She is president of the Filipino American Student Association, and current non-academic projects include creating films calling for diversity curriculums/requirements and establishing an official APIA Studies program. Felicia was also elected president of Global Medical Brigades to lead a sustainable healthcare program in rural communities in Nicaragua. She hopes to connect her interests in healthcare with the community she has found in her cultural background. Having lived in Germany for most of her childhood, Felicia makes yearly trips back to visit her family, providing opportunities for her to indulge in her greatest joys: touring castles, eating at cafés, taking fashion cues from strangers, cooking with her family. Non-country specific pleasures include: biking, watching live music performances, screaming because Game of Thrones.