Name
Lindsay Mensch

Major
English

Year
Junior

Internship Company
W.K. Kellogg Biological Station

Experience
"The female experience, cutting-edge research, and grantwriting might not seem like the most likely combination, but those three themes encompass the work I’ve completed as the Development and Communications Intern at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station.

With my main goal of promoting KBS through MSU Brand standards, these three ideas were central to each of the major projects I worked on. I was able to apply the analytical, technical, and rhetorical skills I learned in the English and Professional Writing Programs at Michigan State University, as well as improve them over the course of my internship.

One of my main projects was to draft a grant proposal to fund a volunteer training program for the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Fall 2016. I also created a table tent card for display in McCrary Dining Hall to promote KBS research and outreach programs. Lastly, I spent time researching and writing about two female scientists at KBS for the monthly KBS newsletter. These Science Spotlight articles highlighted not only the empirical aspects of their work, but also the unique perspectives that they bring to their fields as women.

My projects, although vastly different, challenged me as a storyteller and changed how I thought about communicating science to a public audience."