Employer: The Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University
Major: Double Major in Business Administration with Concentration in Marketing and Major in English with Concentration in Rhetoric and Composition
All ready for graduation in the spring, Nadia had a good idea what kind of internship she wanted to take on for her senior year. Since she is very passionate about the environment, The Institute for Sustainable Energy here at Eastern is the perfect fit. But, getting to that point wasn’t so easy. Nadia had a few other internships over the course of the past two years, all in very different fields. She was a grant writing/marketing intern at the Jordan Porco Foundation in Hartford, a strategic business solutions intern at Waste Management in Windsor, and even a tutor at the Writing Center right here on campus. Nadia is grateful for all these experiences because she learned a lot along the way and feels it led her to where she is now.
Her internship at the Institute for Sustainable Energy entails a lot of marketing tasks like helping to make flyers for campus. If you’ve ever seen the stickers on the recycling bins in classrooms with the green “E” on them, Nadia was part of that creative process. Since Nadia eventually wants to go into Environmental Law, she also has been given the opportunity to help edit legal documents about the environment, which is wonderful exposure for her. At this internship, Nadia never feels bored. She’s always keeping busy whether that’s continuing with an ongoing assignment from the previous day or receiving a new task. One main thing she loves about being an intern is the people she works with. Nadia says, “They have a policy that when you come in, you have to sign in and then go and say hi to everyone in the office.” She believes that it’s a really great way to connect with people and talk about certain tasks everyone has been working on. Nadia feels like her ideas are being heard and her skills are being utilized, which she really appreciates.
Nadia has gained a lot from this experience, building tons of connections by going to conferences and meetings. She has also had the opportunity to tour other sustainable colleges, learning about new features and ideas that can be put to use on our campus. After graduation, Nadia wants to attend UConn School of Law and eventually work in the field of Environmental and Animal Law. She would be interested in participating in cruelty cases involving animals. Her ultimate goal is to work for the World Wildlife Foundation in Washington, D.C. because it would combine her interest in law and passion for animals all together into one job. One important piece of advice that Nadia would like to share with other students seeking to find internships is to “Do everything you can get your hands on. Try all kinds of things, because it will help point you in the right direction.” Sometimes people would recommend a certain internship but she felt as though it wasn’t the right place for her. “Always listen to yourself at the end of the day.”
Written by Kim Tallard