Spring 2017 Intern
Harvard University , Class of 2021
Horace Greeley High School, Class of 2017
As a high school senior, I had never imagined receiving the amount of responsibility and respect as I did while interning at Energize NY. I immediately felt welcome, and over the course of a month, was able to pursue interests I had never gotten a chance to explore, and learn valuable lessons as I completed tasks that were outside of my comfort zone. After making dozens of homeowner phone calls, I pushed myself to overcome my initial discomfort with the task, and with every successful conversation felt as if I was making an immediate impact in improving the energy efficiency of my local community. As I refined my skills in Adobe Illustrator and created various marketing materials in this platform, I was able to apply my interest in design to an outreach project that reached a large audience of homeowners. By attending press conferences, engaging in conversations with co-workers, and meeting with local politicians, I gained a greater understanding of the clean energy industry in a local context and appreciated the initiatives being taken to make my community greener.