Programs & Research Intern

Natalie is a Programs & Research Intern at CREST. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Natalie first became interested in travel at a young age, when her father would bring back stories, photos, and souvenirs from business trips abroad. Her interest in other places, languages, and cultures grew over time, leading her to pursue an undergraduate degree in International Studies. After college, she spent several years working and interning with various organizations (in pursuit of her passion for international work), and traveling in her free time, which inadvertently set her off on nearly a decade of international travel. She has lived and worked abroad in Bordeaux, France, and Flic en Flac, Mauritius; and over the course of her life, she’s visited more than 25 countries on six continents. During her travels and time abroad, she not only felt drawn to the “off-the-beaten-path” destinations, but also enjoyed connecting with local people she met the most. This, combined with a genuine passion to give back in some way to the places where she’d been, led her to pursue a master’s degree in International Development.

Natalie is especially interested in sustainable development and how travel and tourism impact the economies, communities, and natural environments of countries around the world (particularly developing countries). Before joining CREST, Natalie was a 2020 research intern for the organization Sustainable Travel International, assisting with their Palau Carbon Neutral Project. She hopes to continue learning more about the intersection of tourism and international development and eventually work to help international communities and destinations align their development and tourism goals with more sustainable practices.