On Feb. 10, seven students who received Environmental Studies internship grants shared their experiences at a lunch program in Dana. At the end of an hour of tantalizing descriptions about projects from a Tanzanian coffee plantation at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro to a photo/interview project in northern Maine’s Katahdin area, Oak Professor of Biological Sciences Russ Cole announced, “If you’re not graduating, we have money!” urging underclassmen to dream big for internships next year. Here’s the list of 2016 Jan Plan internships funded by the ES Program.

Wes Zebrowski ’18

Conservation Policy Intern
Maine Audubon
Augusta, Maine
Worked on Land for Maine’s Future, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, bats and wind turbines


Alexander Churchill ’18

African penguin rescue and rehabilitation
SANCOOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds)
Cape Town, South Africa
Worked in rehabilitation, research, and education; fed penguins “fish smoothies”


Molly McGavick ’18

Social media strategy and management
Environmental Business Council of New England
Brookline, Mass.
Met with top Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protections leaders and others


Hannah Twombly ’16

Research and GIS specialist
Natural Resources Council of Maine
Augusta, Maine
Worked on Land for Maine’s Future, wind farms, waste management legislation; attended impeachment debate


Casey Ballin ’16

GIS, data systems, yield prediction
Kilimanjaro Coffee Plantation, Ltd.
Moshi, Tanzania
Implemented first GIS program on 1,500 acre plantation, directed contour planting


Rebecca Chmiel ’17

Laboratory Assistant
Notre Dame Stream and River Ecology Lab
South Bend, Ind.
Worked in a graduate ecology lab and agricultural fields on nutrient conservation and pollution issues


Alanna McDonough ’16

Photography intern
Cam Held Photography
Portland, Maine
Studied wilderness photography exploring social and economic issues in Katahdin area