This summer, John Camara ’19 joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the U.S. Forest Service offices as a public service intern. Working with Lands and Realty Management, Camara worked on federal land acquisitions and exchanges.
The U.S. Forest Service manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 43 states and Puerto Rico and works to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the property.
“I value the importance of making a difference in communities,” says Camara. “I came to HWS because I was excited by its commitment to service. I think the best way to make an impact in a community is through public service.”
During his internship, Camara worked on several projects including drafting budget justifications for the 2018 fiscal year, sending congressional notification letters and writing press releases which detailed how the U.S. Forest Service secured more than $4 million to acquire or exchange land for increased public access.
Camara received this opportunity through the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL). CAPAL offers a Washington, D.C. Public Service Internship Program which places undergraduate and graduate students within the public sector and seeks to increase Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) involvement in public service.
Through the CAPAL, Camara also attended workshops surrounding AAPI issues such as media representation and data disaggregation in addition to networking events. He also served on a Community Action Project where he worked with a community organization to help housing policy and gentrification in Boston’s Chinatown district.
On campus, Camara is a double major in international relations and economics, a Posse Scholar, and a member of the Asian Student Union and the HWS Debate Team. He also serves as the secretary of Hobart Student Government and the philanthropy chair for Sigma Chi.