As we begin to wrap up our first summer with the Boston community, our interns Kelly, Kim, and Pedro each took a moment to reflect on their experience working with All In Energy. Each is headed back to school this fall: Kelly entering her junior year at Bentley University, Kim entering her junior year at Brandeis University, and Pedro entering into the final push for his MBA at Boston University. Keep reading to see what each has to say about their summer working towards a greener and more equitable Boston.
For the summer of 2018, I had the opportunity to be a part of All In Energy’s team. I chose to get involved rather than pursuing other internships because I believe in the statement that poverty and inequality have no borders. This applies to anything and everything related to social impact, including climate change and energy efficiency initiatives. I was drawn to the idea of being a part of a starting venture, getting the chance to pitch in from the strategy to the execution and launch of starting operations, always learning throughout the whole process. The interaction with the BU entrepreneurial hub, its workshops and its applications on the field, allowed me to see, tangibly, theory put in practice. The experience and drive from the leading founders, Gabe and Rouwenna, is another takeaway from the summer. Having proximity to all of the other aspects of an organization let me see where my strengths lay and where there is a clear opportunity to grow and learn, such as platforms, tools, marketing, etc.
Having had previous experience in finance, engineering, and participation in social impact, I am confident that I have continued to build up skills to contribute knowledge and qualifications, as well as passion to the world of social and economic improvement. The summer with All In Energy has definitely shown me the overlap of entrepreneurship and the need for impact ventures. The startup atmosphere and the need for continuous evolution to include society as a whole, as well as all of its stakeholders from the most to the least vulnerable, has drawn me closer to follow a professional career in that sector.
Special thanks to All In Energy for the friends made, relationships and experiences.
“I believe that change is a struggle that is necessary to overcome challenges and to triumph over difficulty through perseverance and endurance, chipping away at adversities, going upstream relentlessly to reach whatever it is that you won’t find downstream.”
I am truly grateful for the opportunity I had to work with All In Energy this summer. I have learned a lot about all sorts of business workings, like the nature of nonprofits, fundraising, community campaigns, and more, but what I most value is the experience of being in such a mission driven environment, and the opportunity to connect and form relationships with such a diverse Boston community. It really made the change that I have always believed needs to happen that much more real and more important to me. As a junior in college, I am still exploring what I might like to do as a career, but after working with All In Energy this summer it has become most clear to me that I want to inspire work aimed toward making an impact and really helping the community. Many thanks to all those who had a hand in making this the summer experience that it was, especially Rouwenna and Gabe. I wish the best of luck to you both and know that with your drive and expertise you will surely be an inspiration to many and succeed in making the world a better place.
I had an amazing experience with All in Energy over the summer of 2018. The mission and goals of the company have motivated me to take proactive steps to further my future endeavors and incorporate sustainability measures in all sectors. The idea of going into a startup was nerve wracking as well as exciting, but coming out of the summer I gained new friends and experiences that would have never occurred if I went traveling instead. Gabe, Rouwenna, and the BU Accelerator program guided me through the ins and outs of a start up and the hardships as well as the breakthroughs that come with it. These lessons were something I could never gain from reading a textbook. Seeing the amazing startups around me have motivated me to always go above and beyond what is expected. This summer was truly an amazing experience and I thank All in Energy for all of it.
I am excited to see what All in Energy will do in the future!