Seth Paternostro, ’20, East Asian Studies

I interned at the Beijing office of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) where I primarily worked with the office’s climate team on their efforts to reduce coal and oil consumption in China. Having a strong background in Chinese, I focused on translating highly technical environmental research studies and funding reports from Chinese to English to ensure accurate policy recommendations, support donor relations, and maintain the intellectual quality of materials published in English. In addition, I collected data on various oil-consumption scenarios and helped to establish an English training program within the office. Aside from developing a professional-level ability to translate documents, the internship provided me with a broad exposure to environmental work in China and to the inner workings of a major international non-governmental organization. My experiences at NRDC influenced my future plans by highlighting the importance of a mission-based career and prompting me to consider law school.