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Three Cornell juniors spent last summer working in Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) offices in New York and California through the Iscol Internships for a Sustainable Future

2013 Iscol Internships for a Sustainable Future

December 5, 2013

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Three Cornell juniors spent last summer working in Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) offices in New York and California through the Iscol Internships for a Sustainable Future. This year’s Iscol interns contributed to EDF initiatives on natural gas methane emissions, environmental policy analysis, and fisheries management. The students received stipends of $3,000 to support their work at the nonprofit environmental advocacy organization. The internship program, coordinated by the Atkinson Center and Cornell Career Services, was funded by the Iscol Family Foundation.

Ashley Kossakowski, New York

Ashley Kossakowski, a science of natural and environmental systems major, served as an energy intern. She researched current levels of methane leakage at natural gas filling stations and practices that reduce methane loss to make natural gas a more viable alternative to fossil fuels. “I was able to see the inner workings of EDF,” Kossakowski said, “and discover that I would really like to work there in the future.”
(Liquid Natural Gas research station in Sacramento, CA pictured above.)

Roberto Lopez, San Francisco

Electrical and computer engineering major Roberto Lopez interned with EDF’s Energy Pathways project. He helped develop a framework for evaluating competing environmental policy reports, focusing initially on studies describing strategies to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions. “The internship furthered my interest in law and policy,” Lopez remarked.

Raymond Wu, San Francisco

Raymond Wu, a molecular biology and genetics major, worked as an oceans program intern. He researched coastal and open ocean fisheries and mapped several of the world’s largest commodity fisheries to inform EDF’s sustainable fisheries initiatives. “I really like the way EDF goes about finding solutions,” said Wu.

 

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2013 Iscol Interns Ray Wu and Ashley Kossakowski with Ken Iscol and 2011 Intern Lucas Ackerknecht