Irini Stefanakos

KSC Conservation Intern

Irini Stefanakos smiles while sitting amongst greenery, next to a stone wall. (photo courtesy of Irini Stefanakos)Irini is a rising senior at Keene State College (KSC), where she is majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Occupational Health and Safety. After she graduates, she hopes to work in the conservation field. While she grew up in the small city of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, she considers herself lucky to have traveled to many other places in and outside of the United States; this travel exposed her to the beauty of nature, and is what inspired her to pursue a career in conservation.

Outside of class, Irini is the captain of the KSC field hockey team and enjoys many other sports and activities. When she has free time, she likes to explore New Hampshire’s rivers and hiking trails with her friends and family.

She is one of four KSC students who were hired in 2024 to conduct ecological research, assist with stewardship and environmental education activities, and gain specialized training and firsthand experience with many facets of the Harris Center’s work as part of our summer conservation internship partnership with KSC. She is especially excited to explore the educational aspects of land protection, in the hopes of inspiring others to action.