Carly Giles: What it means to Be Spartan Green
Published: May 28, 2015
Carly Giles, MSU Sustainability student intern
I've been a media and communications assistant in MSU's Sustainability department for over a year now, and I can say this organization provides great experience to any student who gets the chance to be a part of it. During my internship, I was responsible for evaluating, planning and contributing to the department's social media channels and writing articles pertaining to sustainability on MSU's campus, which were a great addition to my personal portfolio.
The big lessons I learned during my time here weren't solely from what I accomplished, but from where I worked. Working in the department made me more self-aware about my own sustainable actions and taught me what it means to Be Spartan Green. Through my internship I developed a passion for recycling and being sustainable in my daily routine that I will continue through my post-grad life.
Four student interns were recently hired in Michigan State University's Sustainability department. Student employees are vital to the success of the university, as are internships to students. Working in the same institution that you attend for school looks great on any resume, provides excellent networking opportunities and creates a lasting connection to the school, even after graduation. The lessons learned here will follow these individuals wherever they go.
Meet the new interns below, and good luck to them in their future endeavors!
- Carly Giles '15
MSU Sustainability welcomes new student interns. Left to right: Tim Montoya, Grace Noyola, Kelsey Allan and Sam Floyd.
Meet our new interns
Tim is Sustainability's multimedia communications intern who is majoring in Media and Information. In addition to working for the Sustainability department, Tim works in the MSU Recycling Center's Material Recovery Facility
. To Tim, "Being Spartan Green" means more than just recycling; it's about living in a way that's sustainable and conservative. Through this internship, he hopes to gain a better understanding of sustainability here at MSU by studying the different "green" practices being implemented all over campus. Tim enjoys woodworking and playing the guitar in his free time.
Grace is the communications coordinator intern for Sustainability. Her major is Professional Writing with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Grace believes that "Being Spartan Green" means integrating sustainable habits into your daily routine to conserve energy and reduce your waste output. She hopes to gain hands-on work experience in the sustainability industry, while also learning critical time-management skills that will prepare her to work in the field. In her free time she plays on the MSU club soccer team, reads, gardens, and plays with her pug, Stella.
Kelsey is Sustainability's student engagement coordinator intern. She is majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. To Kelsey, "Being Spartan Green" means living a less consumptive lifestyle and sharing those values with other students on campus. Through this internship, she hopes to increase awareness about sustainability among students. She is also looking forward to working with administration and learning about the internal processes at a university level. Her hobbies include cooking and baking, gardening, yoga and playing with her pet guinea pig.
Sam is Sustainability's Project Assistant intern and his major is Supply Chain Management. To Sam, "Being Spartan Green" means contributing to a sustainable future for current students, faculty and staff, as well as future Spartans. He hopes to gain a greater depth of knowledge and understanding of the sustainability efforts that MSU promotes as well as an understanding of the inner workings of campus buildings and functions, and to have the chance to be a part of a great team. Sam loves traveling with his family and friends, listening to music, and reading in his free time.
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