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Bolte ’14 Explores Non-Profit Sector

This summer, Statesman Defender Peter Bolte ’14 has traded his lacrosse stick in for the sticks of Cape Cod as a non-profit management intern with the Harwich Conservation Trust in Harwich, Mass.  “I can’t wait for my own Walden Pond- type experience” said Bolte before leaving, referring to the cabin where Henry David Thoreau wrote much of his poetry.

The Asian studies and psychology double-major is living in a cabin above the main office of the Trust.  “I will be doing mostly fundraising, development, land stewardship, and public relations work,” said Bolte. Before leaving, he also said he was particularly excited about working on the “Birds of Prey” event, where more than 400 of the Trust’s top donors are expected to attend. 

Bolte credited the Office of Career Services for helping him find the ideal internship.  “I told them I love being outdoors, working with my hands, and was interested in getting into the non-profit sector. They helped me find a perfect fit.”

Ultimately, Bolte plans to parlay his experience and psychology coursework into a career in non-profit management.  “I hope to start my own non-profit that advises major corporations on how to jump start humanitarian projects,” he said.

Though his experiences in environmental nonprofit-management and coursework in psychology and Asian Studies may seem unrelated, for Bolte, his work as an intern and as an interdisciplinary student fit his greater plan. “I plan to branch out and do philanthropic work overseas.”

On campus, Bolte credited the Venerable Monk Tenzin Yingyen and Professor of Asian Studies Chi-Chang Huang with his development as a student.  “The courses in eastern philosophy and religion have helped me define my values and develop my virtues in a way that some students do not get the opportunity to,” said Bolte.