Green Internships at the University of Memphis-Spring 2013
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Green Internships at the University of Memphis-Spring 2013


A Green Internship is, I think, one of the
best opportunities here at the University of Memphis. It’s a sustainability internship and everything
that goes into making a better environment. A Green Internship is an internship that is
centered around sustainability and it also teaches you to focus on the environmental
aspects of a company. DEANDRE AND DANIELLE ARE SOME OF THE MANY
GREEN INTERNS HERE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS THAT CHOSE TO TAKE THEIR TIGER BLUE SPIRIT
AND TURN IT GREEN. Sustainability is about cutting back, looking
at what you can use, what you can reuse and what you can recycle. We have to understand that we’re all on one
planet and sustainability efforts should not be confined to a certain group of people or
a certain class. Sustainability is important, because it’s
about being visionary and solving problems and looking into the future to solve those
problems before they happen, so that future generations can actually thrive and have good
well-being. FUNDED BY THE GREEN FEE THAT COMES OUT OF
EVERY STUDENT’S TUITION, GREEN INTERNS WORK WITH VARIOUS COMPANIES SUCH AS THE HIGHLAND
AREA RENEWAL CORPORATION, OR HARC, TO ASSIST IN THE ORGANIZATION’S EFFORT TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY
IN THE UNIVERSITY DISTRICT. I oversee networking here at HARC. I’m able to go in our Facebook page and update
and ask questions to certain people that way it keeps the relationship personal with HARC
and the people of the university district. I also oversee urban gardening plans. I’m able to plant, you know, various vegetables
and fruits that normally would not be available in the city area. WHILE DEANDRE TAKES HIS SKILLS OUT INTO THE
CITY WITH URBAN GARDENING, DANIELLE IS WORKING AT CASCADES TISSUE GROUP, AND SHE USES HER
PASSION FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN THE FACTORY TO MAKE THE WORKSPACE “GREENER”. I am implementing a recycling program to make
our already green factory even more green. We are taking our leftover oils and used oils
and things like that and selling them to make a profit to help out employees, and we are
also going and looking into what we aren’t recycling right now like our fluorescent light
bulbs and our electronic devices. SHE HAS ALSO SPEARHEADED THE PROGRAM TO PREPARE
AEROSOL CANS FOR RECYCLING BY USING SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT TO GET RID OF ANY LEFTOVER RESIDUE
IN THE CAN SO THAT IT CAN BE SAFELY RECYCLED. BRIONA IS DOING HER GREEN INTERNSHIP AT BRIDGES,
AN ORGANIZATION THAT TEACHES YOUTH AND ADULTS ALIKE TO BECOME MORE COMMUNITY-MINDED I help
to plan environmental justice events and I actually work alongside the high school students
that volunteer at these events. We build greenhouses, we clean up, we do anything,
we plant gardens, we do anything that has to do with the environment and moving the
green movement forward. IN ADDITION TO SUSTAINABILITY, ALL OF THESE
GREEN INTERNS SAY THAT THEY HAVE LEARNED A LOT OF THINGS THAT WILL BE VERY HELPFUL TO
THEIR FUTURE CAREERS I’ve learned how a real corporation works with sustainability efforts. I now understand that it’s more about individual
drive, individual activism, so to speak. You have to a self-driven person in order
to achieve change here. Through my internship, I’ve also learned how
to work with people, other people that are just like me and are just as passionate about
sustainability. Definitely talking to upper management and
presentation skills, interpersonal skills. I’ve learned simple things like Excel, developing
relationships within an office, as well as just time management which is really important
outside of school. AND THEIR EMPLOYERS SAY THAT HAVING THE GREEN
INTERNS REALLY HELPS THEIR ORGANIZATIONS. I think it’s a good thing. It helps us to achieve some of our goals and
it helps us to connect with the University. We would like to continue working with the
University of Memphis in a variety of ways and this is just another way where we able
to do that. ALL OF THE GREEN INTERNS SAY SAY THAT THE
PROGRAM HAS EXCEEDED THEIR EXPECTATIONS AND WILL HELP THEM IN THEIR FUTURE CAREERS. I thought it would be way more office oriented,
but I think working out in the field has been great, it has, it has been great. It is hot, but it has been wonderful to work
out here and just to see, just to kind of connect with all the plants and how to actually
grow things, so I think that has been awesome so far. Through this internship, I’ve learned marketing
skills, and also I’ve learned more about sustainability, so I’ve learned how to create connections
with people and reach out and I’ve learned how to appeal to people. My career goals, actually now after being
a green intern, I really would like to do something involved in sustainability, because
my major is international business and sustainability is increasing growing popular in corporate
environments, so I would really like to focus on sustainability. Just knowing these skills it’s definitely
giving you the next step in your workplace, the next step in life. It’s just an all-around great thing. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN BECOME
A GREEN INTERN NEXT SEMESTER, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE. FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS, I AM MANDY
MARTIN, SENIOR, THEATRE MAJOR.

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1 thought on “Green Internships at the University of Memphis-Spring 2013

  1. DeAndre we are so proud of you here at Vanderbilt and of course you know who your #1 Fan is…….
    Ms. Nina, your mom's co-worker

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