Research Spotlight-Katie Gorman

Major: Forestry Fisheries Wildlife

Specialization:  Fisheries and Wildlife

Graduation: May, 2019

Research:  Working at the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park

Duration: October 2017- Present

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I have been trained in water quality data collection, site maintenance, hydrology, as well as many other tasks necessary for maintaining the Ohio State Wetland Facility. I have most enjoyed learning more about wetland habitat and being involved in site maintenance for such an important research facility on campus. This experience has helped me learn what I want to do with my career and what I am truly passionate about in the realm of fisheries and wildlife.

I got this experience through the connections I have made with SENR staff and by reaching out to staff and faculty working on projects that interested me. I think being connected to the wonderful faculty and staff in SENR is a valuable way to gain new experiences that carry you deeper into your passions.


Internship Spotlight-Hannah Sargel

Major: Environment, Economy, Development, Sustainability

Specialization: Sustainability in Business

Graduation: May, 2018

Internship:  Office Efficiency Coordinator for Northwestern Mutual, located in Grandview Heights.

Duration: May-August 2017

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Ultimately, the responsibilities I had during my internship was studying the current office culture, and work to develop ways that the office could limit their ecological footprint, therefore also lowering their costs. This included but isn’t limited to expanding and monitoring the pre-existing recycling system, conducting in-office surveys, evaluating office supply/ordering decisions, as well as other office-core responsibilities such as leading interactions between clients and our financial representatives.
Having this experience gave me the chance to gain familiarity with business based sustainability initiatives, the office environment, as well as increasing my knowledge of the financial industry. This is the first attempt that Northwestern Mutual has made to study their office footprint, and without a precedent to follow, introducing the concepts of business sustainability to my co-workers was a challenge. However, being able to have a voice in an office setting was an amazing experience, and has increased my professional confidence moving forward applying for full-time offerings.
I was informed of this opportunity through my family. I also know several other OSU students who were interning for the company with a financial representative internship, and decided to take a chance to speak with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company to see if my services/knowledge could bring value to their company. After interviewing, the COO found that this service could be very useful for the office, and accepted me for the position. My advice to students looking for internships is to be bold and confident. Not all sustainability-based internship opportunities are clearly advertised, so reach out to your family, friends, and previous co-workers to voice your skill set and apply, apply, apply!

Internship Spotlight: Andrew Shea

Major: Environment, Economy, Development, Sustainability (Honors) and
Masters in Applied Economics

Specialization: Sustainability in Business

Graduation: December, 2018

Internship:  Energy and Sustainability Intern at Extended Stay America Hotels in Charlotte, NC

Duration: May-August 2017

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I spent a large portion of the internship on energy related projects for Extended Stay’s 620+ hotels. The internship was very facilities based as I worked on countless lighting and water usage related projects aimed at reducing energy and water consumption. This involved a lot of contact with the managers at the individual hotels, troubleshooting and problem solving, survey collection, and inventorying current products in place. All of this work ultimately aimed at installing high efficiency toilets and bulbs in order to reduce utilities costs.

Throughout the internship I worked on developing a sustainability report and strategy for the company. This is something that Extended Stay had not previously looked into. I started by inventorying current sustainable practices that Extended Stay already does. There were a lot more than expected. This was also a great way for me to learn more about the hospitality industry, how it functions, and what possible changes could be made. I compiled my research into a report. The report began by aligning a sustainability strategy with Extended Stay America’s core values. It then went on to explain all of the sustainable practices Extended Stay already participates in. Following that I identified some potential room for improvement. I also created a short 10 page document that was intended to kick-off the sustainability initiative/strategy internally. This document addresses employees and explains the importance of a sustainability strategy, the pillars of that strategy, and the current initiative Extended Stay has already taken. This new sustainability strategy will eventually be featured on the company website as part of the new Community Relations portal.

I learned how to work across departments in a company and communicate with a wide range of professionals. I also learned more about communicating sustainability strategy to people who may be unfamiliar with the term or associated practices. Additionally, I learned about energy management and purchasing.

I found this internship on LinkedIn. I think having a finished LinkedIn profile and using the job search feature has helped me get a lot of internship interviews.


Internship Spotlight- Jane Peuser

Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making

Specialization: Policy and Governance

Graduation: May, 2020

Internship:  Habitat Resource Intern for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Habitat Conservation in Silver Spring, MD

Duration: May-August 2017

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I have done internships with NOAA before and someone I worked with previously reached out and asked if I was interested in a formal internship relating to policy. I was tasked with collecting updated actions on the Habitat Enterprise Strategic Plan, this project consisted of collecting and organizing data on what NOAA’s Office of Habitat Conservation has accomplished since the inception of the Strategic Plan. I also was able to work with the National Ocean Service’s Marine Debris Program and connected that program to the Habitat Focus Area program, for a future funding competition. The purpose of these tasks was to gather valuable information about the effectiveness of the Strategic Plan and to create a bridge between two different programs within NOAA. I very much enjoyed speaking to all the different programs and people within NOAA, learning about how the federal government functions, and becoming more confident in my abilities. If anyone is interested, formal internship opportunities are available online. They also have multiple programs that provide scholarships and stipends.



Internship Spotlight: Ryan Miller

Major: Natural Resource Management

Specialization:  Parks and Recreation, Sub-specializing in Wildlife and Forestry

Minor: Soil Science

Graduation: December, 2017

Internship:  Habitat and Access Technician for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD)

Duration: May 15 – August 15

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I found out about the opportunity from the Texas A&M Job Board. I applied for a multitude of jobs that I found on there. This one happened to work out for me. I was based out of Saratoga, Wyoming, a small town of roughly 1700 people in the south east to south central portion of the state.

Much of my job revolved around working on WGFD’s Wildlife Habitat Management Areas (WHMA’s) that were comprised of state land, deeded and commissioned land, and BLM land. On the WHMA’s I did a lot of fence line maintenance (splicing fence, fixing fence), fence line construction, irrigation work (working with sub-surface ditch and flood irrigation) which irrigated the WHMA’s meadows for wildlife foraging, general construction work, and general road work using heavy equipment. In addition I was able to get involved with some permitting and other relatable meetings. I did this to see what other kind of opportunities are out there within my field that are outside of Ohio. What I enjoyed most was being able to explore both Wyoming and Colorado in great lengths. I learned a great deal about wildlife management and how much management can differ between areas of the United States.

Study Abroad/ Internship Spotlight: Grace Poling

312482_10200576099791560_202948942_nMajor: Environmental Science (ES)
Specialization: Ecosystem Restoration
Graduation: May 2015

Program: Alpha Zeta Partners-Brazil
Location: Piracicaba, Brazil
When: Fall 2012

Grace Poling had the amazing opportunity to travel to Brazil with Aloha Zeta Partners. Students attend classes at the branch campus of University of Sao Paulo, ESALQ, in Piracicaba, Brazil. In Piracicaba, the students also stay with a host family for a weekend and meet with them periodically throughout the trip. When not in classes, the students go on tours throughout the country including a 9-day bus tour through several regions of Brazil. The students also have time to relax and participate in fun activities such as white water rafting, snorkeling, samba dancing, sightseeing and hiking.

148346_10200575821904613_1202918340_nDuring an interview, Grace said that she applied for this program in early February in 2012. At the time she knew the experience would be amazing, but she was blown away at how is shaped the rest of her time at OSU and her confidence after going through this program. Grace took four seminars to prepare for this program. The biggest take aways were the gains she made in leadership, she was able to discover her own leadership style while getting to know the other 20 participants. Diversity was also a large topic. They learned both about diversity in the US and about Brazil as a whole. They traveled to a Mosque, talked to veterans, discussed the LGBT community. Every year these experiences change. After her amazing six weeks in Brazil the participants had the opportunity to travel to DC, the US capital, the following spring break in order to compare the US and Brazilian Governments and agencies. Grace was also able to network with the US EPA during her time in DC.

Internship: Marathon Petroleum Company
Location: Findley, Ohio and Texas City, Texas
When: Summer 2013 and Summer 2014.

11053168_10206974658354553_7098224952269460108_nGrace also had the amazing experience to work for Marathon for two summers as an intern. This position required skills and had a high level of responsibility. Grace said this was a good job experience and that the company respected her as they taught her about environmental policy and the refining process.  Grace worked on organizing large amounts of data in the Finley Ohio location, mainly product tank data, and documents for the company. A typical day consisted of a morning meeting with her mentor, some desk work, making documents, etc. She also was able to work on the main project figures looking to figure out how to best deal with algae   booms in retention ponds at a pipeline terminal. For this she researched aeration mechanisms, manual removal, and chemical options.

During her time in the Texas refinery, Grace worked on the computer and researched on how to create policy documents for the refinery to use. Some examples include, PPR Permit by rule for a sand blazing facility, which is for an EPA permit for smaller areas that need to meet standards. Grace also went out into the refinery to sniff the sulfur units to see how much sulfur was escaping from the machinery. She would Communicate with the facilities monitoring team at meetings regarding her results. Grace Highlighted that there is a lot of environmental work in large companies, such as Marathon, because of the strict environmental protections that are in place along with the fact that most companies like this are investing a lot of time and money to be sustainable and environmentally friendly. Her biggest take away: “You learn so much on the job, work isn’t always easy, but it is attainable. It takes the effort to see results”.

Grace has recently graduated from The Ohio State University and plans to go right into work with Marathon as a Health, Environmental, and Safely Professional at one of the refineries. This large company has opened many doors for her and has given her the real work skills that make her a very large competitor in the job field.
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ENR Scholars Spotlight: Emily Evans

Major: Environment, Economy, Development, Sustainability (EEDS)  headshot         Specialization: Community Development      Graduation: May 2017

Program: Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Scholars Click Here For More Information

My name is Emily Evans, and I’m a 2nd year in the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Scholars program here at OSU.

When I first signed up to be a Scholar, I had no idea what I was getting myself into; I just wanted to surround myself with students who loved nature and knew how to recycle. I knew I’d be challenged intellectually, make good friends, and have lots of fun…but I never expected that it would totally change my life. (I know that sounds cheesy, but hear me out!)

enr campingAt the very beginning of freshman year, I applied to join the ENR Scholars Leadership Council (LC). This group helps plan events, service opportunities, and outdoor adventure trips for ENR scholars. Even though I’d led clubs in high school, we hadn’t been able to do very much. The LC, however, gave me a real opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my peers. I loved it immediately!

Over the past year, I’ve grown from a regular LC member to become the leadership council president—and now I’ve actually got a job with Scholars developing our programs and running events. It’s been a truly long journey, especially because along the way, I realized that I’d been suffering from crippling social anxiety since the beginning of college. Leading people is hard enough, but it’s even harder when you’re afraid to even talk to them! Still, once I realized why I was always so nervous around people, the ENR program gave me a safe and inspiring place to work past it.

Now I’m in the second semester of my sophomore year and I feel like I’m not just surviving—I’m thriving. After working closely with my mentor Esther (our awesome ENR coordinator10537193_402620049886573_3727637188113040274_o), I’ve grown into a capable and confident leader. I know how to organize events and run meetings—but what’s more, I’ve discovered that leadership development is one of my true passions. Despite my anxiety, I really do love people! Now I want to give back and help students work through their own challenges, too. If each student finds something they really love, I know they can go on to change the world. It might sound cliché, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true.

In the end, ENR Scholars gave me the opportunity to challenge myself mentally and physically, forge strong friendships, and ultimately grow as a human being. It’s been a truly transformative experience and I’m so grateful to be part of the program!


Recent Graduate Spotlight: Diana Saintignon

Major: Forestry, Fisheries, & Wildlife (FFW)                                                  Specialization: focus on Forestry & Wildlife Management   Graduated: December 2013

Volunteer/ Service: Peace Corps            Philippines, Luzon and Southern Leyte

As of January 2015 I have been in the Philippines now for about 6 months – two of which were spent in Luzon for training, and the past four at my assigned site in Southern Leyte. During training they gave us an intense crash course in Filipino culture, the Tagalog language, and in relevant technical work. So I am in the CRM sector (Coastal Resource Management), so volunteers in my sector were taught about three main marine ecosystems (corals, mangroves, and seagrasses) and how to survey them as well as the wildlife there in, but it isn’t all field work either. We were taught about working with the Local Government Units (LGUs), Fisherfolk Associations, Peoples Organizations, Non Government Organizations and other environmental stakeholders. Many of us were assigned to Provincial or Municipal Agriculture Offices. So I work at the Municipal Agriculture Office in my municipality part of the time, and the other part of the time I spend at our Marine Park.

AMBPIC10635773_10152325895601755_6734196879477171857_n    We are very fortunate to have a highly functional marine park with tourist opportunities like snorkeling and an observation deck for fish feeding and space for educational programs, which I can’t wait to use! My typical day is spent in the office pulling up and reading articles that can contribute to better management of our natural resources and helping with paperwork for the establishment of a second marine protected area. On the days when I am out in the field, I find myself snorkeling, honing my fish identification skills for the upcoming assessment season and making observations in our mangrove area. Having already surveyed our mangroves, my next task is writing up a summary of the results and management plan.

Leadership Spotlight: Alissa Finke

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Major: Environmental Science Specialization: Ecosystem Restoration Graduation: May 2016

Program: Leadership, Backpacking   The High Sierras OSU Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC), July 2014

What is STEP? What is the OAC?

I wanted to get away from everything and get out of my comfort zone.  In order to, I decided to go backpacking for two and a half weeks and walked 129 miles in the wilderness of the Sequoia and Kings Canon National Park. I was given this opportunity through funding from the OSU STEP program. Myself and seven other students left Columbus and headed for California. We were all strangers and were being lead by two men, who worked for the Outdoor Adventure Center at OSU – Tyler and Blake. We had no idea what lay ahead of us. We were all going to have to work together as we learned about the kind of leaders we were and how to take the lessons back to our lives at OSU. We took only what we could carry on our backs. There are no bathrooms, running water, or technology. There was only you, your company, the trail, and the endless skylines. We all had a lot to adjust to: changes in elevation of 7,000ft to 12,000ft, 9-13 miles a day with 35+lbs packs. We lived simply. We were organized, and we trusted each other with our lives.

High Sierra-513-Exposure-MOnce Tyler and Blake had given us the skills we needed to survive in the backcountry, they took a step back and were no longer our leaders. Instead, they became our equals. We then had one of the students be leader of the day. This might sound pretty simple, but you wouldn’t be more wrong. As leader of the day, you had charge of everything: the route we took, what we were eating, and when. The leader decided the number of water breaks, and everyone’s safety. We all had different leadership styles that emerged, and we each found our strengths and weaknesses. There were great accomplishments where we were able to go from 8,000ft to 12,000ft and back down to 9,000ft in one 13-mile day. When we reached the top of this pass, the view was simply like nothing I could ever describe with justice. We were on the edge of a rift between two mountainsides. A storm brewing to the east and a sun set in the west. It was something out of a dream.

High Sierra-578-Exposure-MThen there were the moments where I would collapse from exhaustion, my feet bleeding, my eyes running with tears. I felt defeated. I wanted to just scream, but I had no strength. Then my team tells me it is time to move on. I take a deep breath and make myself stand. Then I start to take one step after the other. We all had moments like this. Each and every one of us had a time where we wanted to give up. Yet every single person made the decision to get back up and keep walking. We experienced these extreme highs and lows together, giving us a bond so genuine.

I came away a stronger and more confident leader. I know I will constantly be growing, but after this experience I know I am ready for anything.