Caitlin Flanagan ’13
Major(s): Women's and Gender Studies
Internship Site: Dickinson College / CSE - Carlisle, PA
I found my internship after learning more about Dickinson’s sustainability initiatives on Hillel’s Sustainability Spring Break Trip to California. On this trip I met other Dickinson students who were involved with CSE (the Center for Sustainability Education). Through talking to them I learned that my sustainability interests and experiences would be well suited for CSE and that the CSE’s internships were not just for Environmental Science majors (a preconceived notion which many Dickinson students seem to have).
I have worked on a large variety of projects for CSE. Mainly my work has focused on preparing educational materials for the upcoming academic year. This has included revamping the Eco-Reps blog and training manual, writing a Green Living Guide for the college, maintaining my own sustainability blog; additionally I have gained experience working with Photoshop. I have also had the opportunity to sustainability educational programming with visiting student groups and tours.
My supervisors were extremely helpful to me during my internship. Each of them came from diverse backgrounds and experiences within sustainability. Seeing the variety of approaches and backgrounds that they all had, helped to solidify my belief that sustainability based work can be done in a variety of ways and is not limited to science majors. My supervisors will also be a great and helpful resource when I begin searching for sustainability focused jobs and master’s programs.
This internship has helped me explore multiple aspects of sustainability work that are taking place (social justice, environmental conservation, sustainability education, etc.). From this I have learned that I have a great desire to continue to work in this field and have a better sense of direction on how to do so. It is my hope that through continuing to work for CSE in the fall that I will be well prepared and qualified for a position with a sustainability education non-profit organization next fall.
Tips from Caitlin:
Branch out! I feel many students get stuck within their major and looking at job and internship opportunities in such a linear manner that they miss out. If I hadn’t had the conversations I did over spring break and started to view my past work in farming and current passion for social justice in a creative way I never would have found this opportunity with CSE. If you have a genuine interest in an area and are willing to put in hard work, you’ll be more hirable than you think.
*To find out more about how to get an internship, make an appointment with a career counselor. Just call the Career Center at 717-245-1740 or stop by Biddle House.