New operations and outreach intern joins TWS headquarters

The Wildlife Society welcomes its newest operations and outreach intern, Alexia Yau, to TWS headquarters.

Yau is from Hampton, Va. and graduated in the summer of 2020 from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in forest resources and conservation. She majored in natural resource conservation and minored in wildlife ecology and conservation. During her undergraduate career, she served as a researcher in the UF Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department, co-writing a research paper on the use of social media as an effective approach in the presenting scientific findings. She also served as recruitment and marketing director and then president of the UF Lucha Latina Organization, as well as vice president of the Hispanic Student Association. Alexia will also begin working on a master’s degree in environmental science and policy with a concentration in conservation science and policy this fall at George Mason University. In her graduate program, she will be working with the District of Columbia’s Wildlife and Fisheries Division on a small mammal project in urban meadows. In her spare time, Alexia enjoys watching the latest movies, reading and being outdoors with her two dogs.

Yau at her undergraduate graduation ceremony from the University of Florida.
Credit: Alexia Yau

Yau will work alongside other TWS staff to facilitate communication and encourage engagement between TWS and organization units, develop and administer TWS’ professional development offerings, and establish diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. She hopes to use her own personal experience and perspective to create a more inclusive workforce in the wildlife profession both in and out of the TWS organization. She is passionate about advocating for underrepresented communities and wants to help promote more diversity initiatives in accordance with The Wildlife Society’s current vision. The Wildlife Society staff are excited to have Yau join the team and look forward to having her  over the next six months.

Operations and outreach interns assist in TWS organization unit services and professional development programs. TWS internships provide opportunities to students and recent graduates to expand their network and gain professional experience.

Learn more about TWS professional development opportunities and diversity, equity and inclusion resources.

Header Image: Yau participates in a controlled burn in Ordway-Swisher Biological Station at the University of Florida, where she completed her bachelor’s degree. Credit: Alexia Yau