My name is Maria Prebble, and I’m a rising senior at Wellesley College majoring in International Relations-History (which examines modern day issues in International Relations through a historical lens) and Environment Studies.
Growing up in the woods in Wisconsin, I’ve known for a long time that my future career plans would incorporate my passion for the environment, but I wasn’t sure in what way. This summer, while working for the DOL and the government, I get to understand the role that politics and policy play in relation to environmental issues, especially climate change. The consequences of climate change are dire, and they are going to affect everyone. I sincerely hope that the work I’m contributing to is going to help Americans and world citizens prepare for it. I’m excited because I’m really passionate about this subject!
Through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management and the Employment and Training Administration, I have been working with the DOL on a Sustainability Plan, which all Federal Agencies are required to design in accordance with President Obama’s Executive Order 13514: Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance. For example, I’ve been looking at how this plan applies to the DOL’s 124 Job Corps Centers around the United States. I’ve gone to meetings at the Senate, and the Council of Environmental Quality at the White House Conference Center!
I’m really excited about the new perspective in environmental studies that this internship is offering. In the past I’ve done the field and lab work while exploring environmental science, like studying acid rain in the Czech Republic. I’ve also worked with environmental issues from a social and personal perspective. Last summer I worked with child Agent Orange victims in Vietnam.
I’m in DC this summer through the Wellesley in Washington Internship Program, run by our Political Science Department. Every year, the Program chooses about twenty students to seek internships in DC. It’s a wonderful program! I’m receiving a stipend for all of my living expenses, and I’m getting the opportunity to meet wonderful alums in the area. This networking is such a valuable experience, as I’m using this summer to really zero in on what I want to do. I’m truly thankful to the alums and the department for supporting this program!
Editor’s Note: The author, Maria Prebble is a summer intern in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management.