Planet Bee is so grateful for the privilege of working with the next generation of leaders within the nonprofit world: our interns! As Eliana prepares to return to UC Santa Barbara, we want to acknowledge her lasting impact on Planet Bee. Her passion for the environment and her knowledge of entomology made her an all-star ambassador for the bees.
Get to know Eliana:
Q: How did you get interested in Planet Bee?
A: Although I go to school in Santa Barbara, I’m a San Francisco native, so I scoped out some summer internship opportunities in the Bay Area. Planet Bee’s environmental education mission and values drew me to apply. During my interview with Debra, I saw the passion and enthusiasm she put into her work and knew that I wanted to work in an environment surrounded by people like her.
Q: How did you get interested in bees?
A: I had always been fascinated by the ways a hive mind works and how beautiful bees looked. In high school, I was able to take a beekeeping workshop for my environmental science class. From there, I was able to become more educated on the anatomy and function of bees, as well as the threats they face.
Q: What has been your favorite experience working with Planet Bee so far?
A: I really enjoyed working with campers at Camp Bee-yond. It was exciting to watch the campers get excited to learn more about bees or the native plants they pollinate.
Q: What's your favorite food that's pollinated by honey bees?
A: Honey bees pollinate so many crops it’s hard to choose! I absolutely love raspberries though.
Q: What’s your favorite bee fun fact?
A: I love how bee genetics work! The drones are genetically identical copies of the Queen, even though the drones are male and the Queen is female.
Q: What will you miss most about Planet Bee?
A: Working with Deb, Zach, Sarah, and Tessa has been truly wonderful! I loved being able to geek out about bee research or bee specimens with them in the office.