Internship Spotlight: Environment America

Current student Lily Segal shared the following about being an intern at Environment America…

How did you find this internship?
I found this internship at the spring Tufts Career Fair.

What did you enjoy most about your internship? 
I really enjoyed testifying at the Massachusetts State House in support of a bill that bans PFAS (also known as forever chemicals) in consumer products. At first, I was really nervous, but my supervisor helped me edit and practice my testimony and it ended up going very well. It was a really special opportunity to practice my public speaking and take part in our state’s democracy.

What did you find challenging?
Throughout my internship, I wrote a lot of press statements and letters to the editor that had 300-word maximums. At Tufts, most of my writing assignments are much longer form, so I found it challenging to learn how to write very concise pieces.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?
I would advise them to not be afraid to ask questions. It can be hard to advocate for yourself when your supervisor is a very busy person, but ultimately you are benefiting the organization by speaking up and asking for help when you need it because that is the only way to submit your best work.

By Sheryl Rosenberg
Sheryl Rosenberg Associate Director