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Winter Break Externships Score with Undergraduates

By BCEEAN Newsletter Staff

For the second year in a row, BC alumni working in the energy, environment, and sustainability fields hosted BC students for a day-long externship over winter break. Externship locations included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. and SunGard – a multinational company that provides software services to education, financial, and public sector organizations – in New York City.

Patricia Randolph Williams '77, Jennifer Lewis '97, Amir Ingram '02, Tim Sullivan '02, and Edward Kulschinsky '04 hosted three students at the EPA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The alumni-organized agenda provided the students with opportunities for learning and career exploration, covering topics from the development of environmental policies to career paths in this field. The alumni provided the students with a learning experience that highlighted the daily operations of a federal agency and illustrated the breath and complexity of issues the Agency faces. Participating students shared the following about their experience.

It was a cool experience for me. I learned a lot, got a lot of good advice, and it really got me thinking about what I want to do in the future. . . . I'm definitely going to look into summer internships in D.C. either at EPA, another agency, Capitol Hill, etc. I didn't really know what to expect going into it, but I had a really fun and rewarding experience . . . .

I can't thank you enough for helping to make the BC Externship day such a memorable, exciting, and enlightening day. I had a wonderful time and learned so much about EPA and careers in environmental science. I am so lucky BC has such a strong alum network! I really appreciate all your help. Thanks so much.

Elizabeth Barthelmes '11 hosted a student at SunGuard’s office in New York City where Elizabeth is the Sustainability and Employee Engagement Coordinator. The student who shadowed Elizabeth shared the following.

[Elizabeth] set me up with several different people from different departments in the company to provide me with a very packed . . . [and] informative day. I . . . wanted to thank you and the career center for creating the opportunity for this to take place. I definitely learned a lot and feel much better prepared for the upcoming internship process this semester. . . . Yesterday was exactly what I needed . . . . Thank you again, I really appreciate everything that went into creating this opportunity.

Given the enthusiasm of the undergraduate participants, BCEEAN plans to sponsor additional externships next winter break. If your organization or company could offer this experience, please contact us at

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