UNE student combines her major and minor to land volunteer writing job

Lauren Bucciero (Animal Behavior '19)
Lauren Bucciero (Animal Behavior '19)

June 13, 2018

Lauren Bucciero is planning for a career in wildlife journalism
Lauren Bucciero is planning for a career in wildlife journalism

Lauren Bucciero (Animal Behavior, ’19) is combining the skills she is learning in both her major and minor at UNE for a volunteer writing job at the New England Primate Conservancy in Merrimac, Massachusetts.

Each month she will be researching different primates and writing profiles that detail their appearance, size, weight, geographic habitat and life span. The articles will appear on the conservancy’s website and Facebook page.

Her first assignment is the red-bellied lemur.

“This is what I want to do. The position is really flexible, and I’m able to do it while I’m still in school,” she said.

Bucciero says the articles will give her material to showcase her experience to potential employers.

“They will be great for samples of my writing work. I will be able to show a potential employer this is what I’ve done in the past,” she said.

She recently added Writing as her minor at UNE.

Susan McHugh, Ph.D., professor and chair in the Department of English, says Bucciero’s writing impressed her right away.

“She’s someone who has really high-level writing skills and that stuck out to me,” said McHugh.

McHugh says it’s important for all students to be strong writers when they graduate, even if they’re not looking for writing jobs.

“To get ahead in life you really do have to write about what you’ve been doing,” she said.

Bucciero agrees.

“Writing skills are something that a lot of employers look for, no matter what field you are in. Having strong writing skills is key to communication. That’s important in any career,” she said.

Writing skills will be essential to Bucciero. She’s planning for a career in wildlife journalism. 

Visit the New England Primate Conservancy website

View Lauren’s wildlife blog

To learn more about the University of New England’s College of Arts and Sciences, visit www.une.edu/cas

To apply, visit www.une.edu/admissions


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