Intern Spotlight: Iyana Burton
Iyana’s love of the outdoors grew from a very early age, since she’s originally from Florida. On the weekends she would go to the beach, Gemini Springs, and SeaWorld. Being surrounded by nature and animals was where Iyana knew she belonged. When she moved to Kentucky, her passion was rekindled after a family canoe trip on the Kentucky River. The beautiful sights and the serenity she felt while on the water stuck with her, and she knew she had to work to protect the waterways.
KWA aligned with her interests for this very reason. After finding out about KWA from a contact at Louisville Metro, Iyana knew she found a great spot with a compassionate staff who genuinely cared about serving the waterways and working to restore them. The merging of people and nature to uphold the mission of keeping the waterways clean and the public informed worked perfectly with Iyana’s future aspirations. She just received her undergraduate degree at the University of Louisville in Communications, where she’ll be continuing her graduate studies at the Urban and Public Affairs school. There she’ll be completing her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Sustainability. She hopes to combine these degrees and work to advocate the importance of living more sustainably to the public, while also translating the message of scientists to the public in understandable terms. Ideally, Iyana will end up in the distillery business or an ethical clothing company. However, after her amazing experience with KWA, she may want to work with nonprofits in the future.
After only a short time, Iyana has grown very fond of not only KWA as an organization, but of their mission and their staff. She tells her friends and family about her work here, and how it has been fulfilling to advocate for such an important cause. She thinks very highly of the staff and feels like because of them, she has a better appreciation of the ins and outs of a nonprofit.
Iyana’s favorite thing about KWA is that they give a fresh and hip point of view to water conservation. Her advice to anyone that’s interested in KWA is to take initiative, call, and reach out to find out about all of the awesome events that they host. By putting on events like the cleanups on the water and the annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, KWA is appealing to a younger demographic and Iyana loves that they’re getting people excited about what the future holds.