Internship Success Stories
Internships are an integral part of the Nicholas School experience. These work experiences typically last between 10-12 weeks, occur in the summer between semesters, and offer enormous benefits for our students and the organizations they serve.
For students, an internship offers an opportunity to gain practical skills, contribute to solving real-world problems, and expand your network. For organizations, hosting an intern represents a chance to get fresh ideas, find future job candidates, and benefit from our students’ diverse backgrounds and experience.
Successful internships can take many forms. What will yours look like?
Ashley Brasovan assisted Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) in meeting its carbon neutrality goals this summer in Phoenix, AZ through the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps program. After conducting an energy audit on the main campus, Brasovan identified and recommended a variety of energy efficiency projects such as retrofitting the exterior campus lighting to LEDs, converting the interior lighting to a lower wattage T8 bulb, adjusting thermostat set points, and transitioning to better computer power management practices. If implemented, the projects could save the college approximately $111,000 to $210,000 in annual operating costs, as well as up to 2.9 million kilowatt hours and up to 1,600 metric tons of carbon emissions each year.
Melissa Bauer spent her summer at N/a'an ku se Wildlife Sanctuary, 45 km outside of Windhoek, Namibia. Melissa completed an operational and integration assessment in an effort to help the research, marketing, and fundraising departments work better together. This internship not only provided an amazing opportunity to see how on the ground conservation is being done in Namibia in a for-profit benefiting non-profit model, but also has afforded her once in a lifetime field work with African wildlife such as cheetahs, leopards, African painted wild dogs, lions, and baboons.
Michael Rinaldi worked as the Sustainability Intern for Zappos in Las Vegas, NV and completed projects focused on energy, water, recycling, supply chain, green building operations, and outreach. For one such project, Michael calculated Zappos’ first carbon footprint and classified emissions as Scope 1, 2, or 3 as defined by the GHG Protocol. This allowed Zappos to understand where its carbon impact can most effectively be reduced and to focus on projects in those areas. Michael’s internship at Zappos was also featured on the Muse.com.
Corrine Schrall interned at the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) as the Farmland Protection, Local Foods, and Farmland Transition Intern via the Duke University Stanback Internship Program. During her internship, she worked directly with farmers and learned about land trusts’ ability to help maintain the state’s agricultural traditions. CTNC believes everyone has a role in land conservation. It was a privilege for her to advance such an important message.
Martin Ramirez was the Latino and Hispanic Liaison Intern in the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). During his internship, he designed the outreach strategy in order to incorporate and engage the Latino community with TNC's programs. He conducted research with leading organizations and community leaders to develop a framework to improve TNC's message to reach the Latino Community. The Latino community is the fastest growing minority in the US and the buying power of this community has increased more than any other minority.