Robert Wright

Where are you from?

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Where do you attend school?

I am a recent graduate from Bethune Cookman University, located in Daytona Beach, FL. I hold a Bachelors of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Public Administration. In the fall, I will begin graduate school at Georgia Southern University in pursuit of a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration degree. My academic interest include educational policy and or programming, leadership, and youth development.

What are your career or educational goals?

My educational goals include my pursuit of obtaining a Masters of Education degree then either a Juris Doctorate or Ph. D in an education relative field. After obtaining these degrees, or while, I aspire to work in a field that will allow me to cultivate the success of our youth. Ideally, I’d love to be in position to serve as a mentor, providing resources conducive to student success both in and out of school.  

Outside of school and work what are your hobbies and/or interest?

I enjoy participating in community engagement initiatives, hanging out with friends, sightseeing, shopping, embarking in food adventures, and time with family.

What is your internship project focus?

While at Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, I will be working closely with Jennifer Hanna and Michelle Pizzillo in developing a “Teaching with Historic Places” lesson plan for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Site. This lesson plan will be developed to enliven teaching about historic places in the care of the National Park Service and complement an ongoing Cultural Landscape Report for the Park.

Why did you choose to participate in a Designing the Parks Internship?

I chose to participate in the Designing the Parks internship for a sundry of reasons but mainly to gain experience in a field that I am not too accustomed with; landscape preservation. I am most certain that this internship will indoctrinate me on the importance of landscape preservation and its connection to my field of interest; education. My internship is an initiative hosted in partnership with the Greening Youth Foundation entitled Historically Black College and University Internship (HBCUI). HBCUI was established to encourage a better understanding and appreciation of the important role African Americans played in the development and progress of the United States, and share these experiences with their communities. While exposing college students in various fields to the careers in the National Park Service, and ultimately guide them towards careers in conservation.

What are you looking forward to learning or exploring during your internship?

I am looking forwarding to learning more of Harriet Tubman’s  life, in its entirety, and her quest to freedom. Particularly in Dorchester County, MD. I am hoping to explore Dorchester County, MD; the birthplace of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, given its rich history. Also, I am looking to growing both professionally and personally through the Designing the Parks internship. In addition to the historical aspect of this internship,  I expect to leave here with a strapping understanding of landscape preservation and its connection to education, via initiatives, curriculum design, and youth development.

What types of opportunities will Designing the Parks provide you with?

I believe Designing the Parks will give me the substantial, hands-on experience that I am hankering. By providing me professional growth; working with experienced experts in the fields of landscape preservation and education, as well as personal growth; in terms of networking, I am confident that this internship will benefit me greatly.