Hixon Center announces first interns for Summer Internship Program with German Ecologic Institute

The Hixon Center recently partnered with the Ecologic Institute, a German think tank, to launch a pilot summer internship program based at the Institute’s headquarters in Berlin, Germany. The program is open to rising seniors with an interest in environmental and sustainability issues. The call for applications was issued on February 2nd.

Applicants passed through a rigorous application process. The Hixon Center and the Ecologic Institute congratulate the first two interns to pilot the program: Kareesa Kron (HMC-’18, chemistry) and Zach Evans (HMC-’18, chemistry).

Professor Tanja Srebotnjak, director of the Hixon Center, issued this statement regarding the pilot internship program:

Many Harvey Mudd students are interested in applying their STEM skills and education to solving pressing environmental and sustainability problems. A summer internship can provide valuable insights into the inner workings of environmental organizations. However, these internships are often unpaid and the College is still expanding its internship offerings and connections in the environmental field. The new internship program addresses both issues.

Kareesa and Zach, who will start working in Berlin this summer, will join interdisciplinary project teams and work for 10-12 weeks on issues such as reforming the European Emissions Trading System (ETS), evaluating the German renewable energy feed-in tariff, developing novel land use and biodiversity indicators, assessing EU water and chemicals policies, and more.

“Working and living in a new country can of course be a bit daunting,” says Srebotnjak. “Harvey Mudd College’s Program for Study Abroad, the Hixon Center and Ecologic Institute will work together to assist students with settling in and receiving individualized mentorship throughout their internship.”

For more information about the program, contact Professor Srebotnjak at tsrebotnjak@g.hmc.edu.