May 22, 2012
Program: International Environmental Policy
Undergrad: University of Kentucky
Fast Fact: Lived on a sailboat as a kid and is a contortionist
"I get to practice using tools and writing and presenting projects like I will be doing in my career for years to come."
Allysum Pohl was initially attracted to the Monterey Institute by the "International" and "Environmental" aspects of the IEP program. But once she got to campus, Allysum realized it was the last letter of the program acronym that was a perfect calling for her.
"When I started taking my first policy course here, I realized that the "P" in IEP ("Policy") was exactly what I wanted to spend my career in," said Pohl.
Last summer, Allysum had the opportunity to put her policy skills to work as an intern with the Aquaculture Program at the World Wildlife Fund. Working for the WWF was a dream come true for Allysum.
"I felt like I was looking into my future," Pohl said. "It was very inspiring."
The experience also gave her the belief that she is ready to make a difference in the world of environmental policy.
Since graduation Alyssum was offered a coastal management fellowship by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As part of her fellowship, she will be working with the National Association of Counties (NACO) and the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) for the next two years in Washington D.C.
She says, “I'm excited to be able to help where I can, learn more about policy at the ground level, and work on all sorts of issues, including but not limited to conservation and resource management issues.”