This summer, William Smith rising senior Merritt Bauer is interning with Clean the Bay and the Rhode Island Marine Trade Association (RIMTA), working to improve the quality of the New England coast. Bauer is a public policy major with a concentration in environmental policy. At Clean the Bay, her responsibilities include planning for press conferences and on-site event coordination. At RIMTA, she is creating curriculum for a summer youth program.
“The RIMTA summer youth program and the non-profit work I will do with Clean the Bay fit perfectly with my major because I am learning all about marketing, leadership, spreading community awareness, and learning employment skills that are important to help me get a job post-graduation,” says Bauer. “I also have the opportunity to increase my knowledge of environmental policies, public relations and the marine industry, all of which fits well with an environmental public policy major.”
Clean the Bay is a nonprofit ocean activist group established to clean and improve the safety and attractiveness of Narragansett Bay and the Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts coastlines.
Founded in 1964, the RIMTA represents all aspects of the marine industry in the state. The goals of the association are to promote cooperation among individuals in the marine industry, provide marine information, create green jobs in the marine industry, and offer assistance to boat owners.
“I love all of the environmental classes I have taken at William Smith and I am passionate about the issues that we face regarding the environment,” says Bauer. “I would definitely consider pursuing a career in this area once I graduate.”