This project was created as part of the Career Discovery and Internship Program (CDIP), which connects undergraduate students with opportunities to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on National Wildlife Refuges across the United States. CDIP is a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Student Conservation Association (SCA); the SCA, by introducing young people to careers in conservation, seeks to develop the next generation of conservation leaders. As a CDIP participant, I lived in southwest Arizona and worked on Kofa and Imperial National Wildlife Refuges as a biological intern. I chose to write about my internship to reflect on the experience of living in Arizona, to convey the impact that this internship has had on me and to share the beauty and uniqueness of the Sonoran Desert and southwest Arizona with others.