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BCI Intern Spotlight!

The Echo

BCI Intern Spotlight!

Published on July 15, 2015

Bat Conservation International has two summer interns! Sean Carolan and Leila Nasser, are currently interning for BCI’s Communications Director, Micaela Jemison. Helping to spread the word about bats, Sean and Leila assist with writing stories for the organization’s website, researching for public relations campaigns, producing videos, creating info graphics, social media, and much more!

Liela NasserLeila Nasser:

Leila Nasser is a rising Senior at American University majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Graphic Design. Leila has an interest in all sorts of visual communication, and in her spare time likes to practice photography. She is a Resident Assistant for the school’s freshman dormitory and is a part of AU’s student-run television station, ATV. On the weekends Leila likes to travel to scenic areas with her younger brother and practice photography and modeling.

Leila first became interested in working with BCI through a friend who had worked with Micaela at the Smithsonian, and thought working with BCI would be “a great opportunity to learn more about public communication.”

“What’s great about working here is you learn so much. It’s an educational experience, and it taxes different muscles that you have never used before. In this environment we gain a lot of insight and direction from Micaela so it’s been nice to build that relationship between employee and supervisor. She’s always willing to offer that tutelage” Leila said.

Leila’s favorite bat is the golden-crowned flying fox, Acerodon jubatus, because “It has an enormous wingspan of 5.6 feet, which is my height, so if anything (besides being mammals) we have that in common.”


Sean and the little collared fruit bat, Myonycteris torquataSean Carolan:

Sean Carolan is a rising Junior at American University, studying Public Relations and Strategic Communications. Sean has an interest in Radio and Television broadcasting, and is a member of American University’s Student-Run, Internet Only Radio station, WVAU. Sean is also the head of American University’s Student Media Board, the governing body for all of the school’s student media organizations.

Sean became interested in interning for Bat Conservation International after seeing a job listing on his University’s jobs portal and said to himself, “That looks pretty cool. I could be Batman!”

Sean’s loves working with BCI, saying “It’s a great learning experience. I’m learning a lot about public relations, and at the same time I get to learn all about bats. It’s like school but a lot more interesting.” Sean’s favorite bat is the little collared fruit bat, Myonycteris torquata, because it’s “small and cute and looks like it just wants to hang out.”


We advertise internship oppertunities periodically on our website, so keep an eye out for those if you are interested!


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