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Siena Baker

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics
Other Major: Community, Environment, and Development
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Experience Time: Summer 2020

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer, I had the opportunity to work (remotely, due to the COVID-19 pandemic) with WasteZero’s Pay-As-You-Throw municipal waste reduction program as their summer 2020 intern. My projects included researching gaps in household level waste data, as well as designing a marketing strategy for their Benefit-Corporation status in order to successfully obtain funding from investors dedicated to B-corps with environmental and social governance principles. My internship also included fully redesigning WasteZero’s website and program materials, such as communicating how their curbside waste reductions program functions and how it is funded.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience was very informative on an academic level because it allowed me to hone my research, writing, and communication skills.

This internship will help bolster my career in the environmental realm. It also provided me a real-world experience within a company that aligns with my interests.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship will help bolster my career in the environmental realm. It also provided me a real-world experience within a company that aligns with my interests. Being an intern at WasteZero exposed me to a professional environment that expanded my knowledge of running a company that works in the sustainable development industry, provided me with the data management skills I need to effectively communicate and analyze company results, allowed me to hone my marketing and communication skills when interacting with stakeholders and company partners, and provided me with a leg-up for my future goals of working in environmental law and investment programs. This internship also helped me understand the ins and outs of local public utility programs, which are essential intervention points in achieving more sustainable communities; something that is integral to my professional goals.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts' Summer Enrichment Funding program provided me with generous funding to help me participate in this unpaid internship.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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