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.

Meghan Ryan (Fellowship)Meghan Ryan_headshot_Hi Res
Meghan Ryan is pursuing an MBA in Sustainability from Bard College in NYC. She has worked in sustainability with a focus on food systems change for the past eight years. Meghan spent four years working at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, a historic Rockefeller property that has been transformed into a modern-day “Bell Labs” of sustainable agriculture. She developed an educational program strategy and led over 300 learning experiences for 10K+ school children, farmers and organizations including TED, Whole Foods and The White House. Before this, Meghan was a management consultant with Easton Associates (now Navigant Consulting), advising major pharmaceutical and medical device companies on corporate and product strategy. While consulting, she founded a Community Supported Agriculture organization in Brooklyn, linking her community with sustainable, local farms. Meghan earned a BA in Anthropology and Biology from Williams College. She lives with her partner in Brooklyn where they are collaborating on a children’s book set in Uganda.

Ayman Afifi (Internship)
Ayman is a PhD candidate at the Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah Ayman_AlafifiState University. He has a master degree in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development from the University of Surrey, UK. Ayman is a civil engineer with emphasis on water resources planning and management. He has over five years of professional work experience in environmental and sustainable development design, planning, and implementation in Palestine, UK and USA. This includes a concurrent 2-year experience of teaching and training to university-level students. Ayman is a certified assistant auditor for the ISO 14001 from the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). He has advised and worked closely with policy makers and international development agencies to solve multi-dimensional problems and report on multi-million dollar projects in armed-conflict areas. His work and research mainly focuses on: (1) Water resources planning and management, environmental impact assessment, environmental systems modeling, auditing, due diligence and corporate social and environmental responsibility. (2) Life cycle analysis, water footprint, GIS application development, environmental research, programming and statistical analysis. (3) Small business development, start-ups, marketing, and feasibility studies. (4) Economic recovery and development models, monitoring and evaluation, post-project and impact assessment.

Aaron Green (Internship)Aaron_Green
Originally from Syracuse New York, Aaron received his B.A. from Vassar College in Economics and Political Science. He then moved to the Colorado Rocky Mountains where he gained an appreciation for the human physical interaction with the natural environment. Inspired to make a career change, Aaron moved back to his hometown to complete his graduate studies. He received a M.B.A. with concentrations in Supply Chain Management and Sustainable Enterprise from Syracuse University as well as a M.P.S. in Natural Resources Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. During his education, Aaron led several consulting engagements focused on supply chain process improvement, sustainable business practices, and greenhouse gas inventory. He aspires to utilize these skills and environmental knowledge to work with private companies to improve their triple bottom line. In his free time not spent on the ski slopes, Aaron likes to bicycle and play guitar.

Aaron Dunn (Internship)Aaron_Dunn
Aaron graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Political Science, in his home state of Indiana. He was first drawn to sustainability while studying abroad at Ben Gurion University in Israel and taking a course on water resources. Aaron went on to obtain a Sustainability MBA from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He worked on several consulting projects with Fortune 500 companies including strategies for developing an environmental profit & loss statement and reducing greenhouse gas scope 3 emissions. Aaron has manufacturing and advocacy experience, and is aiming to work in the water and wastewater industry. In his free time, Aaron enjoys traveling, caving, learning new skills, and trivia.

Teija Mortvedt (Internship)
Teija graduated with a degree in chemistry from Scripps College in Claremont, CA. She has always had a passion for environmental issues and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in sustainable engineering or industrial ecology. Teija grew up on the Puget Sound in Bremerton, Washington and loves anything to do with the water.

Alessandra Pistoia (Internship)Alessandra
Alessandra Pistoia is currently working as a Field Energy Advisor for SolarCity. She graduated from DePauw University in May 2013 as an Environmental Biology major and Mathematics minor. Alessandra works to incorporated sustainability at all levels, from the individual to large corporations.