Interns & Fellows

Natural Capitalism Solutions has a well-established internship and fellowship program. We are proud to have educated so many gifted individuals and look forward to working with them all as peers for years to come. Read about our current interns and fellows below, click here to find out how you can join our intern program, and click here to read about the amazing intern alumni we have had work with us in the past.

Amir Abouzalam (Sustainability Implementation Internship)Headshot

Amir is a sophomore at the University of Colorado majoring in Finance with a certificate in Socially Responsible Enterprise. Originally from San Antonio, Texas Amir came to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado as well as to further develop his interest in sustainability, which began in his high school’s eco-club. Since then, Amir has served as a member of the University of Colorado’s Student Government in community outreach and is also a member of the Diverse Scholars Program and Leeds Scholars Program. These programs have increased his interest in sustainability and have opened his eyes to just how crucial it is for the human race to incorporate sustainable practices in our lives.
When he is not at work or at school Amir enjoys hiking, snowboarding, playing volleyball, reading, and attending music concerts and festivals. Upon graduating, he hopes to work in the non-profit world and ultimately wants to live outside of the United States and become an advocate for education across the world.

Nick Annin (Sustainability Implementation Internship)8.13.2014--Football Headshots Photo by Joe Angeles/WUSTL Photos

Nick grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and is currently a rising Junior at Washington University in St. Louis. He is majoring in environmental policy and minoring in writing. Outside of the classroom, Nick is an intern at Wash U’s Office of Sustainability, President of Net Impact, a student group that promotes sustainable business on campus, and he plays safety on the varsity football team. He is also going to represent Washington University as a student delegate at COP21 in Paris this December. Nick developed his passion for the environment through family camping trips during his childhood. By spending extensive amounts of time paddling and hiking through wild and remote places across the country, Nick forged a deep appreciation for the natural world. This appreciation is what fuels his zeal for sustainability today. He is excited for an edifying summer learning about sustainability implementation with the NCS team.

Stephanie Mitts (Policy & Research Internship)SONY DSC

Stephanie is currently an undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. degree in Geology at Weber State University. She will graduate in Spring 2016 and plans to work to innovate and implement new sustainable technologies and policies to improve the quality of the natural resource industry. She also intends to pursue a graduate education. Her prior sustainability related experience includes interning in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of the Interior, working as a student coordinator in Weber State University’s Energy and Sustainability Office, working as an undergraduate research fellow on a National Science Foundation funded project (iUtah), and conducting hydrologic research and analysis with the US Forest Service and the US Department of Agriculture. In addition, Stephanie has led and been involved with many campus and community organizations, and was elected as the College of Science Student Senator during her senior year at Weber State University. Her love of nature and science was cultivated as she grew up along the Wasatch mountains in Northern Utah. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, cooking and gardening.

 Emily Jahner (Sustainability Implementation Internship)NCS.headshot1

Emily is originally from Bismarck, North Dakota, and is currently a junior pursuing undergraduate degrees in Environmental Sustainability and Economics at the University of Minnesota. She is actively involved in extracurricular activities on campus serving as the chair of the speaker selection committee for the LSBE Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference, secretary of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, a member of the Student Sustainability Coalition, and a volunteer at the UMD Sustainable Agriculture Project. Emily’s love for hiking, camping and the outdoors fuels her passion for sustainability, as it protects these beautiful places for future generations. She gained insight into current sustainability issues through her experience participating in a Minnesota state pilot internship with GreenStep Cities. During this time, she worked with the city of Silver Bay, MN, to assist in the development of sustainable infrastructure. Upon graduating, Emily plans to work in the field of sustainable consulting, making innovative changes in the way we approach business by bridging the gap between economic and sustainable development.

Shannon Oleynik (Sustainability Implementation Internship)DSC_0680 2

Shannon is a rising senior at Colby College in Waterville, ME, majoring in both Environmental Policy and Government. Growing up in Rockville, Maryland outside of Washington, D.C., Shannon has always been closely connected to the politics surrounding the climate policy conversation. She fell in love with the outdoors at an early age, exploring parks in her local area and along the East Coast. Shannon has interned at American Rivers in Washington, D.C., assisting the Development Team with donor research. At Colby, she works as an Eco-Rep for the Sustainability Office, educating students about sustainability at Colby, as well as organizing events and projects to improve Colby’s environmental practices. Outside academics and her work as an Eco- Rep, Shannon runs on the cross country team, leads Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips throughout Maine’s wilderness, co-chairs Colby’s Senior Pledge Campaign, and works as an Assistant Student Caller for the Colby Fund. She spent this past semester in Copenhagen, Denmark, studying sustainable development in Northern Europe. In the future, Shannon hopes to help bridge the gap between the corporate world and environmental consciousness, as well as continue to advocate for increased environmental protection policies. Shannon will be interning for Natural Capitalism Solutions remotely from Portland, Maine, where she will also be interning at Environment Maine, working to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act.