Presidential Interns Feature Series: Nathan Lincoln


Introducing the 2020-2021 Presidential Intern Cohort. In this feature series, AUI presents one of the five interns working at Al Akhawayn University this year. The interns come from a variety of backgrounds and each brings their own skillsets to their respective offices. The AUI internship program (PIP) is a post-graduate professional development opportunity aimed at giving recent graduates from a liberal arts background international work experience while also providing the AUI community with the opportunity to benefit from the exchange of cultures and ideas that a diversified international community can provide.


The intern featured this month is Nathan Lincoln. Nathan is an intern in the Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness (OIRE). He attended Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in geography and planning. His interests include anything outdoors as well as books, movies, and games with friends. During his time as an intern, he hopes to develop his skills in planning, management, and interpersonal communication, while widening his worldview by integrating with the AUI and international community.


Nathan, tell us a little about yourself:

My name is Nathan Lincoln. You can find me on the second floor of the library, working in the Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness. I'm excited and grateful to be joining AUI this year. I'm originally from Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, in the United States. If you don't know where Pennsylvania is, just head south of New York City and turn right.

I grew up around where the Appalachian Mountains and the Chesapeake Watershed intersect. It was not uncommon to wake up to find some white-tailed deer or the occasional brown bear having breakfast in your backyard. Due to my rural upbringing, I have a deep love for the American countryside; its mountains, valleys, and old-growth forests.


What did you study in your undergraduate degree?

I attended Bloomsburg University where I studied Environmental Science, with a focus in geography and planning. My academic interests were environmental issues, sustainable food systems, land area management, and geographic information systems (GIS).


Most of the current and previous Presidential Interns have backgrounds in international affairs –your background is quite different from the typical intern. What about PIP first drew your interest? What do you hope to take from this experience?

I decided to come to AUI specifically because I had little international experience. Everyone (especially geographers) should experience different parts of the world and interact with different peoples. I feel that PIP offers that integration with an international community. Of course, I hope to learn new professional and interpersonal skills from working in an office, but I think that comes second to learning more about life in Morocco.


What has the experience of beginning a new job during a pandemic been like?

Admittedly, it has not been the smoothest transition. I missed my first flight to Morocco due to my PCR test being expired by a few hours, and later I missed orientation due to delays in finding a testing site here in Ifrane to gain access to campus. However, these hiccups were in order to ensure the safety of the AUI community. Ultimately, I am thankful for the opportunity to work in such troubling times, and I hope to leave the position a better person than when I entered it.


What are some of your interests outside of work?

On my off time, I enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, or any rural exploration. I have learned to love to cook; it has been so exciting to experience Moroccan cuisine and I can’t wait to try my hand at preparing some dishes myself. Like anyone, I love art; my guilty pleasure is anything fantasy or science fiction. I love pouring hours into books, movies, games, and playing Dungeons and Dragons with my friends.