Jennifer Zhou, 2016, Woodrow Wilson School
As the summer intern for the Climate and Energy Policy team at the NRDC Beijing office, my primary project was NRDC’s Climate and Energy Map. The Map was designed as an innovative and interactive platform with which the public could access and better understand China’s energy portfolio and climate data. My role in the project was primarily updating the data for all the maps and graphs for 2011. I was also part of the pioneering team that would collect and analyze energy data to create China’s first energy flow chart for 2011. I was required at times to help with translation and editing of scientific reports as well as presentations for the climate team. Through this internship, I learned about and contributed to the true fundamental importance of data transparency, accessibility, and agglomeration, all issues that the Chinese government struggles with. Although I am just a freshman, my work with the Climate and Energy Map allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of energy consumption, production, and renewable source potential, which has really stimulated me to think about the possibility of an Environmental Studies Certificate. This internship certainly strengthened my data analysis and innovative thinking skills.