Life after SCA


by Andrea Willingham

It’s weird to think of myself as an SCA alum now, which I suppose I am, after having finished my 9-month internship with Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. I thought I would be working another SCA internship this summer, but as it turns out, last month I was offered a full time park ranger position back at Bering Land Bridge. It just goes to show what an amazing opportunity the SCA is for helping gain experience and qualifications for beginning a career in the conservation field.

Just as important, it also gave me the opportunity to accomplish things I never thought I could. I’ve been back in Florida for over a month now, and I keep looking back in disbelief that I actually experienced everything I did. From snowshoeing on the tundra in -30 degrees, to welcoming Iditarod racers into Nome, to interviewing kids in remote villages, and eating muskox tacos, it’s just unbelievable.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been compiling the 4,000+ photos and videos I took during my internship. I’ve put the highlights together in a series of short films, which you can check out below if you’re interested and want to see the nitty gritty details of what it was like to live and work in Alaska.

As for what happens next, I guess only time will tell. In exactly 2 weeks, I’ll be starting my new life in the bush again, in some ways more prepared, and in other ways knowing that I’m in for completely new and unexpected adventures.

Best of luck to this year’s SCA interns, and happy trails to all!

Part I


Part II


Part III