Thomas Tietenberg Endowed Internship Fund Initiative

Emmie ThebergeKevin FritzeChris Englert
Colby’s Career Center encourages students to explore career choices by completing at least one internship during January or the summer. Research has shown that students who do internships find it easier, after graduation, to get quality employment or gain entry into graduate school. Internships broaden students’ awareness of career fields and jobs, and they provide unparalleled opportunities to gain hands-on experience in real-world settings. Internships usually take place at off-campus job sites and are monitored by on-site work supervisors, but the majority are unpaid positions—students must find resources to support themselves during their internships.

Jan Plan and summer internships in environmental studies have proven very successful in a variety of areas of student interest. During a January internship with the environmental markets team at Barclays Capital in London, John Abbett ’10 made presentations to the London team on proposed U.S. carbon price forecasts, and he accompanied a member of the Emission Sales team to client meetings in the Czech Republic, among other tasks.

Thomas Tietenberg
Retired Mitchell Family Professor of Economics Tom Tietenberg is a leading expert in the field of emissions trading and was the principal investigator for the United Nations study on emissions trading that underpins carbon-trading guidelines in the Kyoto Protocol. He is a strong proponent of project-based learning and an advocate for incorporating original research experiences into the environmental studies curriculum. Tietenberg was also a charter member of the Colby Environmental Advisory Group, a committee of faculty, students, and administrators appointed to advise the president on issues related to the environmental stewardship of the campus and the region.

Endowed Student Internship and Research Fund—$500,000

Providing funding for student internships is vitally important to the mission of the College. Colby is seeking to raise $500,000 in endowment to support student internship opportunities in environmental studies. Colby’s partnership with Bigelow Laboratories in Boothbay Harbor has opened up new internship opportunities in marine conservation studies and will enable students to conduct independent research with supervision from Bigelow’s senior research scientists.

The Thomas Tietenberg Endowed Internship Fund will make it possible for more students to pursue internships and to conduct project-based research in the Environmental Studies Program. The fund honors Professor Tietenberg for his many contributions to Colby and to the Environmental Studies Program.


Chris EnglertChris Englert ’10 did a January internship at the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping Joint Hydrographic Center in Durham, N.H. Using software designed by researchers at CCOM, he remotely classified types of sediment on the sea floor.

Sarah SorensonSarah Sorenson ’11 spent a summer in the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s apprenticeship program at Longmeadow Farm in West Gardiner, Maine. “I can now truly understand the plight of small-scale farmers today and the injustices they endure as they are subjected to industrial agriculture,” she wrote.