“The internship programme gave me exposure to the working world, the dynamics within an organisation and a wide range of environmental management issues associated with it.”
Daisy was born in the town of Kagiso in Krugersdorp, Gauteng. At university she really enjoyed the microscope work in microbiology practical sessions but she chose to focus on botany, which opened up doors for her to pursue a career in the environmental sector. Daisy has always wanted to be involved in work that helps to create awareness about the value of our environment, and knowledge about how to care for it in order to preserve our heritage for future generations. Daisy currently works at Coastal & Environmental Services as an environmental consultant.
Daisy attained an undergraduate degree in Botany and Microbiology at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She then attained her Honours and Masters degrees in Botany. Her Masters research focused on the ecology of aquatic microorganisms in estuaries.
Daisy’s internship was based in the Integrated Catchment Management Programme at WWF-SA. Her duties involved reviewing and summarising new concepts in literature, supporting the coordination and management of current projects, and providing administrative and logistical support to the programme manager. The structured internship programme gave Daisy exposure to the dynamics within an organisation and she developed more interpersonal skills for navigating the work environment.
In Daisy’s current role at Coastal & Environmental Services she has the opportunity to branch out from the focus of her studies and practice as an environmental consultant. She works with commercial and governmental institutions to address a variety of environmental issues. Her advice to graduates entering the environmental sector is that internship programmes are an excellent stepping stone for graduates, giving more experience in their field of interest and creating an opportunity to work with and learn from professionals.