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Immersing in Conservation: Iram's Internship Experience at Trail Mix Inc.

Meet Iram Ikbal Inamdar, a Class of 2025 member and Conservation Intern at Trail Mix Inc. in Juneau, Alaska.

September 4, 2023

Could you describe the career opportunity you are pursuing this summer and share how you were led to this opportunity?

I am spending my summer in Juneau, Southeast Alaska, working at a local nonprofit organization called Trail Mix Inc. I have been learning about the Alaskan land, history, people, mountains, and the incredible natural beauty here. I arrived in Juneau through the Ted Smith Conservation Program by the Alaska Conservation Program (ACF), which collaborates with conservation projects all across Alaska with nonprofits all over the state. This program has made me aware of the nonprofit logistics, conservation issues and approaches, and the use of government resources in these projects. Trail Mix Inc. deals with trail building with a keen emphasis on ecological conservation and cultural preservation. Over the summer, I actively contributed to collaborative and community-driven projects with them. Engaging with representatives from the US Forest Service, city council, and the Federal government has enriched my insight into cooperative initiatives in the nonprofit sector. As a climate enthusiast, this experience has given me an in-depth comprehension of the scientific principles, the operational logistics, and the importance of Indigenous history in shaping the narrative of preserving not just 'land' but 'home.' Having a deep appreciation for storytelling, my time in Juneau has allowed me to absorb rich, essential historical narratives that I intend to weave into my future climate research and advocacy career.

What skills have you acquired during your studies at Minerva that you believe made you stand out?

My time at Minerva has allowed me to have a highly flexible and adventurous mindset that reflects in my work. Minerva has allowed me to stand up for my narrative while being able to think critically through my professional decisions and pave a path specific to my goals and ambitions rather than running in a general competitive race. Working in the space of conservation, the aspect of having a strong narrative is crucial. Minerva has allowed me to not just present a story but also communicate through those stories for a particular cause. The interdisciplinary approach at Minerva helps me connect my work's scientific, social, local, and historical perspectives.

Traveling worldwide has enhanced my empathy and collaboration skills. This global perspective does not just enable me to critically assess issues in a professional setting, but it also prompts me to examine the underlying perspectives. By doing so, I can approach solutions more efficiently, always keeping in mind my colleagues, the process, and the desired outcomes.

What advice would you give to peers or younger students regarding finding and leveraging professional opportunities in your industry?

I have come to realize that one's network offers numerous avenues to learn about conservation initiatives. I would recommend reaching out to professionals in your specific field of interest. Discuss their work and share your enthusiasm about potentially contributing your skills to their projects. Taking the initiative to connect can often have a greater impact than one might anticipate! I would advise my peers and younger students to put themselves out there! Do not reject yourself from an opportunity without giving it a shot! Working in the conservation space, you always need to keep looking for new initiatives and programs because so many new things are emerging as the world becomes more educated on climate change and conservation. This would require you to always put yourself out there. So, do things scared (if that is what it takes), but give them a shot!

If you were inspired by Iram's story and are seeking a college experience that will teach you valuable pragmatic skills that will effectively equip you for a successful career, consider applying to Minerva.

Quick Facts

Name
Iram Ikbal Inamdar
Country
India
Class
2025
Major

Natural Sciences

Social Sciences

Cognitive Science and Economics & Political Science

Social Sciences & Business

Business & Computational Sciences

Business and Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Business

Computational Sciences & Social Sciences

Computer Science & Arts and Humanities

Business and Computational Sciences

Business and Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Arts and Humanities

Business, Social Sciences

Business & Arts and Humanities

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Computer Science

Computational Sciences

Arts & Humanities

Computational Sciences, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Social Sciences, Natural Sciences

Data Science, Statistics

Computational Sciences

Business

Computational Sciences, Data Science

Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Business, Natural Sciences

Business, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Computational Sciences, Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

Computational Sciences, Social Sciences

Business, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Science

Social Sciences, Business

Arts & Humanities

Computational Sciences, Social Science

Natural Sciences, Computer Science

Computational Science, Statistic Natural Sciences

Business & Social Sciences

Computational Science, Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Business

Business

Arts and Humanities

Computational Sciences

Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Computational Sciences

Social Sciences & Computational Sciences

Social Sciences & Arts and Humanities

Computational Science

Minor

Computational Sciences

Computational Sciences

Computational Science & Business

Economics

Social Sciences

Concentration

Economics and Society

Cells and Organisms & Brain, Cognition, and Behavior

Applied Problem Solving & Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence & Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Designing Societies & New Ventures

Strategic Finance & Data Science and Statistics

Brand Management and Designing Societies

Data Science & Economics

Machine Learning

Cells, Organisms, Data Science, Statistics

Arts & Literature and Historical Forces

Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science

Cells and Organisms, Mind and Emotion

Economics, Physics

Managing Operational Complexity and Strategic Finance

Global Development Studies and Brain, Cognition, and Behavior

Scalable Growth, Designing Societies

Business

Drug Discovery Research, Designing and Implementing Policies

Historical Forces, Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Artificial Intelligence, Psychology

Designing Solutions, Data Science and Statistics

Data Science and Statistic, Theoretical Foundations of Natural Science

Strategic Finance, Politics, Government, and Society

Data Analysis, Cognition

Brand Management

Data Science and Statistics & Economics

Cognitive Science & Economics

Data Science and Statistics and Contemporary Knowledge Discovery

Internship
Higia Technologies
Project Development and Marketing Analyst Intern at VIVITA, a Mistletoe company
Business Development Intern, DoSomething.org
Business Analyst, Clean Energy Associates (CEA)

Conversation

Could you describe the career opportunity you are pursuing this summer and share how you were led to this opportunity?

I am spending my summer in Juneau, Southeast Alaska, working at a local nonprofit organization called Trail Mix Inc. I have been learning about the Alaskan land, history, people, mountains, and the incredible natural beauty here. I arrived in Juneau through the Ted Smith Conservation Program by the Alaska Conservation Program (ACF), which collaborates with conservation projects all across Alaska with nonprofits all over the state. This program has made me aware of the nonprofit logistics, conservation issues and approaches, and the use of government resources in these projects. Trail Mix Inc. deals with trail building with a keen emphasis on ecological conservation and cultural preservation. Over the summer, I actively contributed to collaborative and community-driven projects with them. Engaging with representatives from the US Forest Service, city council, and the Federal government has enriched my insight into cooperative initiatives in the nonprofit sector. As a climate enthusiast, this experience has given me an in-depth comprehension of the scientific principles, the operational logistics, and the importance of Indigenous history in shaping the narrative of preserving not just 'land' but 'home.' Having a deep appreciation for storytelling, my time in Juneau has allowed me to absorb rich, essential historical narratives that I intend to weave into my future climate research and advocacy career.

What skills have you acquired during your studies at Minerva that you believe made you stand out?

My time at Minerva has allowed me to have a highly flexible and adventurous mindset that reflects in my work. Minerva has allowed me to stand up for my narrative while being able to think critically through my professional decisions and pave a path specific to my goals and ambitions rather than running in a general competitive race. Working in the space of conservation, the aspect of having a strong narrative is crucial. Minerva has allowed me to not just present a story but also communicate through those stories for a particular cause. The interdisciplinary approach at Minerva helps me connect my work's scientific, social, local, and historical perspectives.

Traveling worldwide has enhanced my empathy and collaboration skills. This global perspective does not just enable me to critically assess issues in a professional setting, but it also prompts me to examine the underlying perspectives. By doing so, I can approach solutions more efficiently, always keeping in mind my colleagues, the process, and the desired outcomes.

What advice would you give to peers or younger students regarding finding and leveraging professional opportunities in your industry?

I have come to realize that one's network offers numerous avenues to learn about conservation initiatives. I would recommend reaching out to professionals in your specific field of interest. Discuss their work and share your enthusiasm about potentially contributing your skills to their projects. Taking the initiative to connect can often have a greater impact than one might anticipate! I would advise my peers and younger students to put themselves out there! Do not reject yourself from an opportunity without giving it a shot! Working in the conservation space, you always need to keep looking for new initiatives and programs because so many new things are emerging as the world becomes more educated on climate change and conservation. This would require you to always put yourself out there. So, do things scared (if that is what it takes), but give them a shot!

If you were inspired by Iram's story and are seeking a college experience that will teach you valuable pragmatic skills that will effectively equip you for a successful career, consider applying to Minerva.