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.
Tom Bonan (Sustainability Implementation Intern)
Tom was born in Boulder and graduated from Fairview High School before attending Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. He is currently working towards an interdisciplinary Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Economics with a minor in Philosophy. He was drawn to issues of sustainability and the environment from the pervasive problems of water management in the United States, primarily in western states such as Colorado, California, and Arizona.
Reading and writing has had a special influence on his life and in the future he sees himself working in this area. There is a really specific type of relationship with the world that is fostered through reading and writing—especially with regards to the environment—and this is where Tom wants to leave his mark on the world.
D. Jacob Mitchell (Sustainability Implementation Intern)
“It is, by common consent, a good thing for people to get back to nature.” – Aldo Leopold
D. Jacob Mitchell (Jake) grew up in the rural countryside of Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Here, in the natural landscape and ecological biodiversity of New England forests, he fell in love with the natural world and humans interactions with it. Whether it was mountain biking, skiing, or just hiking, Jake was always in the woods or outside. Jake even retreated into the woods here during his undergrad for a month to properly develop his land ethic and connect with the natural world. Jake moved to Colorado six years ago and began working on his Bachelors degree at the University of Northern Colorado. Four years later, he received a B.A. in Environmental and Sustainability studies with a minor in earth science. During this time he was also assistant director of the Student LEAF fund, a revenue stream for sustainable campus projects. After school he went into the manufacturing industry as a salesman. It was during this work he decided he wanted to focus on corporate and producer side sustainability, a top-down approach. Additionally during this time, Jake worked with a solar company and permaculture non-profit to keep his passion and value concurrent with his professional goals. It was during this working period that he decided to attain a graduate degree.
He is currently studying for a Master’s in Environmental Management Degree with an emphasis in Sustainable and Resilient Communities. It is here that Jake has been working on a myriad of different projects reaching into different industries and community development plans. Including work on the industrial gas manufacturing industry, which he will be presenting to a global audience in Germany in July of 2016. Jake hopes to receive his Graduate Degree in the spring of 2017 with the help of Natural Capitalism to further his professional and educational goals. Jake believes in a mutualistic relationship with nature, where we can learn from it’s systems and processes to produce a healthier and more sustainable world. Although his goals and values are born in the natural world and his appreciation for the environment, he can often be found saying: “I don’t fight for nature for nature’s sake, I do it for humanity. We are making this world unlivable for ourselves, nature will continue to move forward whether we are here or not.”
Benjamin Siegel (Sustainability Implementation Intern)
Ben Siegel grew up in Leawood, KS, and is a rising senior at the University of Michigan. He is pursuing a degree at the University in a specialized program called PitE (Program in the Environment) with a minor in business from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, where his specific interest lies in corporate sustainability and leadership for environmental stewardship. He is eager to explore the ways in which the private sector can use regenerative systems and sustainability initiatives to not only reduce its ecological footprint, but also to increase profitability and efficiency. Last summer, he was the climate and energy intern for UNICEF’s Innovation Unit in New York City. On campus, he is an active member of his fraternity chapter, and is a member of the clubs: Net Impact and GLIST (Greek Life for Sustainability). Ben loves to cook, travel, and be outdoors. He also looks forward to spending time with his sister who lives in Denver.
Graham Wardle (Sustainability Implementation Intern)
Graham Wardle is originally from Los Angeles California, where he grew up loving to surf, ski, golf, travel, and be outdoors. He moved to Boulder Colorado to pursue an education at the University of Colorado Boulder which he will graduate in the Spring. He has spent his time at the University majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Business Administration as well as being an active member of a mens fraternity on campus. Through his study he has developed a passion for studying environmental human interactions, and ways to create a more positive and mutually beneficial relationship between people and the environment. Additionally he has spent time working with the local organization FoodNet to research and develop ways to create more sustainable food systems for the Boulder campus and the community as a whole. Graham has also spent significant time traveling throughout various regions of the world, and spent his most recent summer living in Prague Czech Republic studying at the local university and exploring the rich culture of Europe. Graham found himself drawn to sustainability because of its importance and significance in our ever changing world and feels that through sustainable practice we can create a better world now and for many generations to come. He hopes to one day attend law school to pursue a career in environmental law and continue his work with the environment and sustainability. Graham looks forward to continuing to travel and enjoy life as much as he can while working to implement sustainability wherever he can.
Mariah Harrod (Policy and Research Intern)
“Where we are is always the most important place.” -Philip Pullman
Mariah Harrod was born in Kentucky and has lived on that grassy karst her entire life. She attends Centre College in Danville, KY and majors in Environmental Studies with a minor in Philosophy. Her studies predominantly center around the humanities of environmentalism and how we should evaluate and portray the lessons of this field to others. Additionally, Mariah works with grassroots organizations such as Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition to initiate holistic change on campus, local, and state levels. In a year, Mariah will be attending law school to become an environmental lawyer. Her time not spent on schoolwork or community service is often dedicated to dancing, hiking, reading, and exploring this wondrous planet.
Mariah quoted author Philip Pullman because she shares his sentiments that we must be mindful and present in all that we do. This seems counter-intuitive as it relates to sustainability–which is a future-oriented goal–but she believes that if we focus our energy on the systems which connect our decisions with their repercussions across time and space, we can do a great deal in the name of the future. By actively analyzing what we do in the present, we can ensure that generations to come have a present to experience. To her, this is extremely valuable.
Jake Duncan (Policy and Research Intern)
Jake has earned his B.S. in Economics from Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia. There his community involvement ranged from interning at the study abroad office, to being a board member of the student ran Sounds of the South Music Festival, to the environmental science club, to the presidency of the Spanish Honor Society. Through his interactions with these communities, a progressive education, and his love for nature, Jake found within himself a desire to work towards bettering everything around him, whether it is the people or nature. He has followed through with this drive by working with the Georgia Solar Energy Association and completing an internship with the Solar Energy Industries Association in Washington, D.C.
Kyle Jerome (Sustainability Implementation Intern)
Kyle grew up in Lakewood Colorado taking full advantage of all the outdoor adventures that his home state had to offer. He attended Montana State University for a year before returning to the University of Colorado on a full ride scholarship. Kyle achieved a BA in Geography with a certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies and has always been intrigued by the concepts of development and sustainability. Kyle’s sustainability related experience began with his involvement at the University’s Environmental Center, working for SCORE(Student & Community Outreach on Renter Efficiency). This program’s mission was to educate students about ways to reduce their ecological footprints and save money on their utilities by implementing energy and water saving resources in their homes.
Kyle enjoyed the education and outreach aspect of this position and has since been very involved in the community as a volunteer with various organizations through Boulder County. Additionally, Kyle is very passionate about sustainable food production and distribution methods. He is determined to raise awareness and help to change the way our environmentally destructive and resource intensive food production exists. Kyle is interested in social based marketing strategies that will help communities and companies make a shift to more sustainable practices. He hopes to eventually pursue an MBA in Sustainable Systems Management. Kyle intends to take his interests and goals into a career of environmental consulting, or to work in a sustainability advisory role. Kyle is heavily involved in the Colorado music scene as a performer, playing the saxophone in a Boulder based band. He loves to ski, backpack, bike, slack line, and trail run near his home in Boulder.