This week, our fall interns completed their All In Energy experiences and took a moment to reflect on their time working here. In the Spring, Serra will be continuing her junior year at Bunker Hill Community College, Olivia will be continuing her sophomore year at Northeastern University, and Natalia will be going on a study abroad through Boston University. Here is what they have to say:
The internship experience at All In Energy was an amazing learning opportunity for me. I have discovered my passion for climate justice and clean energy access. The experience helped me learn about the industry, the available programs, and the gaps within the industry that needs to be filled. It was very rewarding to engage with residents to connect them with energy saving programs. Also, connecting with other individuals working within their communities and clean energy industry helped me gain an insightful overview. All the people I have met inspired me to aim to work in a mission-driven environment. It was great working with and learning from Gabe and Rouwenna. Collaborating and working with two other brilliant interns, Natalia and Olivia, was a wonderful opportunity as well. I am truly thankful for all the experience I have gained by working with All In Energy.
I have had such a valuable experience with All in Energy this fall. My experiences working in the field, collaborating with partners such as Neeeco, and working with the All in Energy team have led to both professional and personal growth for myself. I also had the chance to speak to dozens of people in the community about energy assessments and was able to sharpen my communication and sales abilities.
As an environmental studies and economics student just starting out in this field, entering this internship I hoped to gain some guidance in what direction I want to go in with my studies and career. Through the past few months, I have learned the value of mission based work from Gabe and Rouwenna, which is something I am so grateful for. I was able to see how strong of a motivator improving the community can be, and the great payoff when I encountered people at events who were pleased with our services. As a sophomore, I still have experimenting to do through more internships in this field, but All In Energy has opened my eyes to a multitude of possibilities through my work here. I am so excited to see what Gabe, Rouwenna, Natalia, and Serra accomplish in the future- I am inspired by each of them and know they will keep doing great things!
My experience at All In Energy has been overwhelmingly positive and insightful. This semester, my role as a community outreach coordinator had me in between the office and the field. While in the office, I was reaching out to residents to sign them up for energy saving programs, reaching out to community organizations and businesses, and doing research and other miscellaneous items for the team. In the field, I engaged with residents to sign them up for programs and created connections in the communities with leaders and activists. Both parts of this internship have allowed me to learn about what I want in a future career, and I've realized that my favorite part is being in communities engaging with people and having meaningful conversations.
The biggest takeaway I've had from this internship has been how much I've enjoyed the community engagement piece, and I plan to use this insight to help me find internships and jobs that are well-suited for me with similar responsibilities. I've also learned that I'm really passionate about social justice, and I want to further explore the intersections between social justice and environmental issues. Next summer when I'm pursuing new internships I plan on exploring these intersections, and I would really like to try working for a more activism or organizing-focused organization. I also hope to take courses in the future that are related to environmental justice, because I would really like to learn about the concepts and theories behind it. Overall, working at All In Energy has given me insights into both my personal and professional interests, and I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to work at a company at the forefront of helping Boston tackle climate change and inequality.