Introducing…our Spring Interns

Written by Plant With Purpose on January 21, 2014 in General, News & Events

2014 Spring Interns

(Pictured from top left to bottom right)

With the start of a new quarter, our office is once again filled with the enthusiasm of interns who are dedicating their time and talents to service Plant With Purpose. Please help us welcome this fabulous bunch and take a minute to read about what brought them to join our team. We’re excited to have each of you this spring! 



One of my favorite books (and I have quite a few) is Francis Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. I love when the main character, Mary, asks for a “bit of earth” and transforms it into a paradise. But before this starts sounding like a high school English paper, I’ll let you in on a secret: I have a bit of earth too, and I love it dearly and inexplicably. Is it weird for a college student to love their potted plants? I don’t know, but I suspect the answer is yes.

My garden really is a tiny thing, consisting of four or five pots growing mostly herbs (and some flowers) on the balcony of my apartment. If you want to get really broad with the term “garden,” you can throw in the orchid on my coffee table too. Really, I can only enhance pasta sauce with my plants, but to have cultivated these small bits of earth cultivated something in me. And that’s part of why I wanted to work at Plant With Purpose – they treasure and value earth and the God-breathed life it sustains.

My name Callie, and I’ll be serving as the grant writing intern this spring. When I’m not watching my plants grow, I’m finishing my last semester at Point Loma Nazarene University, biking all over San Diego, and writing as much as I possibly can. I’m originally from Phoenix (which may explain the love of green things), but I feel most at home when I’m swimming in large bodies of water. I adore traveling, but haven’t had much opportunity to do it. One of my favorite trips was a three-week mission trip to Ukraine in 2012, where I fell in love with the country, the people, and the food.



Hello everyone! My name is Corey Chin and I am thrilled to be working as the monitoring and evaluation intern this spring. My background is in Environmental Studies and I have always been drawn toward habitat restoration projects.

I grew up going to Solana Beach Presbyterian Church (SBPC), and studied Environmental Studies and Geography at San Francisco State. After learning about Plant With Purpose through my church, I learned that my passion for environmental restoration could be used toward developmental aid. I went on to read Tending to Eden, by Scott Sabin, and became extremely passionate about the approach Plant With Purpose uses to create sustainable development. I’m so grateful to have a chance to work with this organization and learn from everyone here.

Aside from Plant With Purpose, I’m enthusiastic about the outdoors. My favorite pursuit is rock climbing, which has taken me to some amazing locations and positions in Yosemite and Idyllwild. I particularly enjoy sharing the experience with friends and family. I also enjoy surfing in Solana Beach and Cardiff. I’m super excited to have the opportunity to work with Plant With Purpose and I look forward to where this path may take me.



My name is Christina Miller and I am thrilled to be part of the Plant With Purpose 2014 intern team as a development department intern. I recently moved back to San Diego, where I am the fifth generation of my family in Point Loma. Interning with Plant With Purpose is an exciting way to transition back into the city where I grew up, learn from such a dynamic group, and invest my gifts in work I believe in.

I earned my BA at Pepperdine University in English Literature. During this time I learned about integrating service and social justice issues through volunteer projects in downtown Los Angeles, inner city Philadelphia, and Panama City. I also had the opportunity to travel internationally during a study abroad year in Germany. Following college, I taught English in Arusha, Tanzania. I loved connecting with people in such a different culture than my own, and felt warmly embraced by their hospitality and generosity. My time in Tanzania confirmed my desire to partner with people internationally as a way of sowing into God’s Kingdom.

Upon leaving Africa, I started my studies at Fuller Theological Seminary where I earned a Master’s of Divinity. I had the rich experience of living in community with like-minded people and gained a more global perspective through my studies.

Since graduating from Fuller, I have been focusing on growing professionally as a writer. I look forward to using this internship to learn about various types of writing involved with working for a nonprofit, and writing on issues pertaining to faith and global development. I am also looking forward to learning about the inner-workings of running a nonprofit, creating international partnerships, and ways to carry out Creation Care.

When I’m not learning about reforestation and sustainable farming, you can find me at Peets, walking along the cliffs by the ocean, watching Downton Abbey, or finding excuses to run up to LA to see good friends.



“Work well, respect the earth, and do something special.” This is the quote that has been displayed in my Dad’s garden since before I could read. Well Dad, I think I found an organization that abides. My name is Kirstie and it is an understatement to say that I am honored to join the Plant With Purpose team as one of the spring development department interns.

Growing up in Orange County, it may be hard to believe that I have developed a deep connection to the earth. Contrary to the typical OC lifestyle, my earliest memories include scrounging around in my Dad’s garden, helping “Farmer George” press cider at our local organic farm, and explaining to my friends, “yes those tiny eggs in the fridge are from our chicken” and “my backyard smells because we have a compost pile.” Over backpacking trips to the Sierras, ski trips to the local mountains, and more time at the beach than most deem healthy, my parents taught me not only to appreciate the earth but also to respect it. In high school I embraced sustainability as my own and was welcomed into the Surfrider Foundation as well as The Ecology Center close to my home. Both of these organizations provided me with experiences that have shaped my passions.

My awe and belief have been encouraged by my interest in conservation, and likewise my convictions as an environmentalist, strengthen my faith. Plant with Purpose’s threefold mission parallels my values and gives me purpose in my work.

I am blessed to attend Point Loma Nazarene University, where we realize that “God created all that is good.” Working towards my degree in Managerial and Organizational Communication, I hope to be effective in relaying messages I believe in. Developing my knowledge in sustainability and employing my studies of the Spanish language, I one day hope to connect different cultures in a common purpose to live sustainably.

When I am not frustrating my roommates with my strange alternative living tactics, scheming with co-workers in our sustainability department, or enjoying Mexican food in any and all forms, you will find me outside appreciating the beautiful place where I live. If a day goes by and I haven’t surfed Sunset Cliffs, ran the beach trail, or stopped to appreciate the sunset…well I will let you know when that happens.



You mean there’s an organization that cares about both the environment AND people? While it’s not a revolutionary thought that these two things are intricately intertwined, it is rare to find an organization working for the good of both, and I am very excited to be given the opportunity to learn from this unique group of people here at Plant With Purpose.

As a third-year undergraduate international study major at Point Loma Nazarene University, I am in a perpetual discussion with my professors and peers about poverty alleviation and economic development. The more I get into my major, however, the more I begin to wonder if perhaps economic development isn’t the only end we should desire. What appealed to me about Plant With Purpose was the integrated approach to development. Economic advancement doesn’t have to be at the expense of the environment, and vice versa. I am excited to be the spring 2014 monitoring and evaluation grant-writing intern for Plant With Purpose. There are many wonderful people to learn from and inspiring stories that overflow with hope and promise.

I grew up in New Jersey, “The Garden State,” and my earliest image of the world, as a magical wooded place has not completely left me. I deeply desire for all to be able to cultivate that childhood wonder while walking among trees that have seen generations come and go; while peering off a mountain peek into a rainforest busy with the movement of the many ecosystems that coexist there.

Besides getting too worked up over global issues and getting tangled up in my daydreams, I also enjoy collecting and filing away quotes, examining maps, planning trips, attempting to interpret dreams, biking, hiking, and incessantly journaling.

Leave a Reply