Cisco Tomasino, a Master of Environmental Management student, spent his summer as a sustainability intern at Trimble.
Each year, Nicholas School of the Environment students complete internships with organizations around the world. These internships provide valuable opportunities to gain career-related experience and build a professional network.
Duke Environment recently caught up with Tomasino to learn more about his experience.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING AT YOUR INTERNSHIP AND HOW ARE YOU USING THE SKILLS YOU'VE LEARNED AT THE NICHOLAS SCHOOL?
"At Trimble, I reported to the sustainability intelligence manager and contributed to annual disclosures like CDP, Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, and our integrated sustainability report. One of my favorite projects involved working with the investor relations team to track and categorize questions regarding our sustainability benefits from our investors and our customers (who mostly view us as suppliers). I used this information to create a dashboard that outputs high-level data that was even used by the CEO! Investors and customers alike often request that Trimble submit to a variety of frameworks and questionnaires. Given the eclectic mix of requests, I am helping the team sort through the alphabet soup of disclosure frameworks to prioritize a portfolio of frameworks."
HOW DID THE NICHOLAS SCHOOL HELP YOU DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP SEARCH?
"The Career and Professional Development Center team from the Nicholas School shared this internship with me and informed me of an MEM alumnus who was working there."
HOW WILL THIS EXPERIENCE HELP YOU IN YOUR CAREER?
"This experience gave me great exposure to what I am hoping to do with my degree- help companies move toward net zero. I am a strong believer that the largest impact can be made through the private sector so learning how to create positive change while increasing shareholder value will be crucial. I am incredibly thankful for the kind folks at Trimble who always provided support while pushing me to be my best."