Graham May, shown above in the foreground on a 2012 cross-Canada bike ride, will be studying and working in Greenland and Canada's Arctic this summer.
SACKVILLE, NB — Mount Allison University environmental studies and international relations (honours) student Graham May is preparing for the summer of a lifetime — exploring the Arctic. The Powell River, BC resident is the 2014 Mansbridge Intern at Mount Allison. Valued at $10,000, the internship is the most valuable of its kind at the University.
Established by University Chancellor and CBC News Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge in 2010, the internship aims to provide a third-year student with a unique leadership development opportunity.
“Graham’s internship is intriguing as he is seeking to learn more about a distinct culture and geography within his own country, and to bring this knowledge back to his own community,” says Mansbridge. “I look forward to hearing about his experiences and how they have contributed to his education and learning.”
May’s internship will see him travelling to Greenland for part of the summer and then Nunavut, where he will spend the majority of his time in Iqaluit. He will be visiting remote communities in both areas, learning about resource management, development, and practices. He will then prepare a report detailing these efforts comparatively for both countries.
May says he is honoured to receive the internship and eager to begin his journey.
“This is just one of the many ways Mount Allison supports its students in unique learning opportunities and I am excited to add this experience to my undergraduate one,” he says.
May, who has been sailing since age 8, will be travelling to Greenland via the Arctic Tern 1, a research vessel on expedition.
“There will be a crew of four on a 45-ft yacht that is formatted to sail in icy waters. This journey will be a learning experience in itself,” he says.
While onboard the Arctic Tern 1, May will assist in several biodiversity research projects, under the supervision of biologists from the World Wildlife Fund. For the second half of the summer, May will return to Baffin Island, dividing his time between Pond Inlet and Iqaluit. He will volunteer with the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation’s Playing to Strength online program, teaching youth Internet and communications skills.
Upon his return to campus, May will seek to share his experiences with the Mount Allison and Sackville communities through various outreach projects and presentations.
“The Arctic is little understood by many southern Canadians, myself included. I hope to share with my community the lessons I will learn about the scientific, social, and cultural dynamics of the Canadian Arctic.”