2011 PEI/GC Interns Share Summer Research Findings

Pascale Maloof Poussart ・ High Meadows Environmental Institute

Undergraduates listen while their fellow PEI/Grand Challenges interns describe their summer projects. Photos: Frank Wojciechowski

On September 30 and October 7, PEI hosted its 4th annual Summer of Learning Symposia. Held on campus, these two full-day conferences are a culminating event for 111 undergraduate students whose summer experiences focused on scientific, technical, policy, and human dimensions of global environmental challenges in energy and climate, infectious disease and global health, sustainable development, resource conservation, biological diversity, and ecological health around the world.

This past summer, participating students traveled to destinations in the United States and to 20 foreign nations on assignments with faculty-led research projects, academic institutions, NGOs, and governmental and community service enterprises. As interns, the students engaged in research, outreach, policy analysis, communications, and other practical work experiences.

The internship program and the assignments enrich students’ perspectives and prepare them as leaders. The Summer of Learning Symposium is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of individual students, exchange perspectives, develop a shared mission, and consider practical, achievable solutions to the orld’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Professor Rubenstein moderated Symposium on September 30. Photos: Frank Wojciechowski

Summer 2011 PEI/GC Internship Destinations

Australia Nepal
Bermuda Peru
Canada Poland
China Rwanda
Ghana Sierra Leone
Iceland South Africa
India South Korea
Kenya Thailand
Liberia United States of America
Mozambique Vietnam