Danielle Summer 2019 Development and Policy Intern
This summer, EESI had five fantastic interns, who all brought so much to our office. YOU helped to make these opportunities possible, and for our work to expand with these young, creative minds.
One of our development and policy interns, Danielle (pictured above), recaps her experience below:
“Working for the Environmental and Energy Study Institute this summer has been such a life-changing experience. I came into this internship with excitement to learn more about environmental issues and what happens behind the scenes of a successful nonprofit. I am leaving with so many new ideas, friends, and a greater responsibility to better the planet. I have had the opportunity to contribute to grant proposals and reports, attend our briefings and our 2019 Clean Energy EXPO on Capitol Hill, and contact donors!
My first day was unlike any other, but in the best way. I was immediately greeted with the utmost kindness by everyone in the office, and was able to attend one of our briefings and sit in on a conference call. I knew I would learn so much over the summer and was so excited to jump right in! A favorite moment from that day was how the speakers at the briefing acknowledged my hard work, and were surprised when I mentioned it was my first day on the job. My confidence in myself grew that day, and I have continued to learn more about myself and my abilities this summer.
Another favorite moment from this summer was discovering we have a monthly donor from my hometown! I reached out and wrote a postcard to this donor and, happily, I received an excited response in return; this donor was amazed to hear that someone from his hometown was at EESI (far from home--I’m from Utah!). Making those connections and showing that EESI is an organization run by people who are dedicated to furthering climate solutions has been such a fulfilling task this summer.
Thank you to all of our amazing donors who help make these experiences happen for young adults like myself, and for helping to impact our lives in the most positive of ways! I will always cherish this time I have spent at the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, and am excited to let others experience time here as well, thanks to YOU!”
Please give again today to continue providing these wonderful experiences for more interns to come! Your ongoing support is crucial in making our work possible, and to keep all of those informed on environmental and energy solutions!
EESI Briefing: Energy Efficiency Jobs
Four of the five summer interns
EESI Briefing: Energy Efficiency Jobs Panel
Four of the five summer interns at a briefing