Welcome Summer Interns

We are thrilled to welcome our 2017 Summer Interns to Lynnhaven River NOW! This summer Megan, Theresa, Clare, Jessie and Lizzie will be assisting staff with LRN’s education and outreach programs, GIS, oyster restoration projects and development and communications.


Megan 2017

My name is Megan Considine.  I am a junior at the University of South Carolina pursuing a Marine Science Degree.  I will be assisting Lynnhaven River NOW with oyster reef construction, research, and restoration education this summer.  I also have applied for a grant to fund an oyster castle installation and wetland shoreline research project of my own.

T Bone 2017

     My name is Theresa Hegarty. I am a rising senior at Coastal Carolina University and am pursuing a Degree in Marine Science. I am excited to learn about Lynnhaven River NOW citizen science programs and explore the different citizen science opportunities that are offered at a local as well as nationwide level.

Lizzie 2017

  Lizzie Bankowski is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington studying Film Studies and Creative Nonfiction Writing. She directs, films, and edits documentaries for the Building a Better Wilmington Campaign, which seeks to strengthen Wilmington’s community and nonprofit sector. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, she is thrilled to be home this summer to help Lynnhaven River NOW with media development and education programs.

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Clare Parkinson is a rising senior at James Madison University. She is pursuing a degree in Geographic Science with a concentration in Environmental Conservation, Sustainability, and Development. This summer at Lynnhaven River NOW she will be utilizing her passions for field work and gardening as well as her skills in ArcGIS to assist on multiple projects. She is very excited to learn more about, get involved with, and improve our local ecosystem.


My name is Jessica Copeland and I am a rising sophomore at University of Michigan. I have not yet declared a major, but this summer I am working on public policy and also helping out with oyster restoration projects. I am so excited to learn about the ins and outs of how an organization like LRNow works while beautifying and sustaining one of my favorite places in the world, the Lynnhaven River!