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Meet Past Interns: 2011

Sustainability

Benjamin Barron, 2013
Comparative Literature
"My internship with the environmental law firm Earthjustice was an educational and ­enlightening venture into the world of green legislation. I worked with their ­communications office which gave me the opportunity to oversee all facets of the non-profit law firm's widespread work." more >>



Lauren Bleakney, 2013
Woodrow Wilson School
"I interned with Professor Robert Keohane of the Wilson School on a policy paper entitled, 'The Punctuated Equilibrium in the Energy Regime Complex.'" more >>



Andrea Chu, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
"My internship with The Food Project gave me an opportunity to have an active hand in working towards a more sustainable food system, from the seeding of vegetables to the distribution of the food." more >>



Xiang Ding, 2013
Economics
"My internship placement with RECOFTC's Bangkok headquarters gave me immediate ­access to, and a stake in, the pioneering work driven by experts. Day to day, I took part in the fact checking, editing, and designing phase of all in-house publications and web materials. " more >>



Ana Duarte-Silva Barry, 2012
Politics
"This summer, I was an intern at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in San ­Francisco. I researched the implementation of ­sustainable fishery practices in Cuba and the Pacific. " more >>



Eleanor Elbert, 2012
Art History
"I interned for the Sierra Club's Global Population and Environment Program which ­advocates for universal access to voluntary family planning services in ­conjunction with responsible resource use." more >>



Theodore Eyster, 2013
Civil and Environmental Engineering
"I spent nine weeks as an intern in northeast Poland with the Polish Society for the ­Protection of Birds in Biebrza National Park. I was part of a team gathering data on the Aquatic ­warbler (acrocephalus paludicola), Europe’s rarest perching bird ­(passerine)." more >>



Daniel Fletcher, 2012
Civil and Environmental Engineering
"I interned with the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association to create a model of the Harry’s Brook ­Watershed that accurately modeled observed stream behavior and, to identify possible solutions to alleviate flooding in the Princeton area that ­occurs ­during heavy rainfalls." more >>



Gitanjali Gnanadesikan, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
"My internship with the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department focused on ­mammal migrations. I conducted extensive literature-based research to ­compile a database documenting various aspects of migratory behaviours (or lack ­thereof) for over a thousand mammalian species." more >>



Laura Hellman, 2014
Molecular Biology
"My internship this summer at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in Washington, D.C. helped me gain experience and glean knowledge about environmental policy reform." more >>



Lucas Ho, 2014
Computer Science
"The goal of my internship at TerraCycle was to develop new uses for waste and thus divert it from landfills." more >>



Jacob Jackson, 2014
Undeclared
"During my internship at TerraCycle in Trenton, New Jersey, I was given the ­opportunity to work on several projects that dealt with the way TerraCycle communicated their core messages." more >>



Diana Lam, 2012
Architecture
"During my internship with two partner organizations, the International ­Society for Ecology and Culture and the Ladakh Ecological Development Group, I lived and worked on a farm in a small village to gain ­intimate knowledge about the culture and research methods for its preservation." more >>



Wendy Lang, 2013
Chemical and Biological Engineering
"As the Sustainability Intern for Princeton University Dining Services, one of my main ­projects included updating and analyzing Dining Services’ Food Metric, a review and ­categorization of the University’s sustainable food purchases during the 2010-2011 ­academic year." more >>



Michelle Lau, 2012
Civil and Environmental Engineering
"I spent this summer interning at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in New York City where I worked with the Office of Economic Policy and Analysis on a ­“Generation Gap” Study." more >>



Ruth Nachmany, 2012
Anthropology
"My internship at Climate Central involved using new forms of media and ­communication, working in teams and individually, and conforming to jouralistic standards and deadlines ... " more >>



Peter Smith, 2014
Undeclared
"As an intern with the Princeton-based D&R Greenway Land Trust, I worked to ­improve the health of ecosystems on their preserves, and beyond, by mitigating the impact of ­invasive plant species." more >>



Eric Teitelbaum, 2013
Chemical and Biological Engineering
"This past summer I interned at the D&R Greenway Land Trust in Princeton NJ, a nonprofit organization that promotes the conservation of land in Central NJ through stewardship and an in-house nursery program." more >>



Alisa Tiwari, 2014
Undeclared
"This past summer, I decided to pursue an internship in the office of Senator Michael ­Bennet (CO) in order to advance my understanding of the challenges of ­developing and ­implementing public policy initiatives." more >>



Jason Warrington, 2013
Politics
"At TerraCycle, my role was to assist the members of the Executive Department in ­furthering the development of TerraCycle’s business." more >>



Anne Weinmann, 2012
Art and Archaeology
"I worked this summer at Isles in Trenton. My personal goal for the internship was to ­explore a career in an environmental non-profit focused on food and sustainability." more >>



Lauren Wyman, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
"During my internship at the ­Environmental Defense Fund, I helped conservation scientists come one step closer to ­addressing this question by analyzing the impact of climate change on fish species in Illinois." more >>



Iris Zhou, 2013
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
"My role at the ­Natural ­Resources Defense Council (NRDC) was to lay the groundwork for NRDC to ­collaborate with ­provincial ­government officials on projects such as the ­remediation of lead polluted soil." more >>



Engineers without Borders
Huamanzaña, Peru
This summer we traveled to Samne, La Libertad, Peru in order to collect data on potential development projects within the community and its surroundings with the objective of opening a new EWB-USA (Engineers Without Borders) program in the fall. more >>



PiA Summer of Service
China
This year the activities ­included sports, cooking, orphanage volunteering, dance, and speech. In an effort to raise the ­students’ awareness of environmental issues, one week was devoted to ­teching about the ­environment. more >>




Garnet Abrams, 2012
Geosciences
"During my summer internship, I ­participated with other Princeton researchers in the Highly Instrumented Aerial Platform for ­Environmental Research (HIAPER) Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO) onboard the NSF Gulfstream V research plane." more >>


Balachandran Devika

Devika Balachandran, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
"This summer, I conducted research at Princeton in the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic ­Sciences on diel vertical migration of zooplankton to determine if there were any emerging global patterns. " more >>



Andrew Budnick, 2013
Geosciences
"This summer, I had the opportunity to study the oxygen and other water properties of the North Atlantic in, both in ­models at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) and at sea on the German research vessel RV Meteor." more >>



Dana Butnariu, 2013
Computer Science
"This summer, during my Energy Challenge internship I tried to address and solve the problem of increasing energy usage inside data centers." more >>



Christine Chen, 2013
Geosciences
"As a geology field assistant to Jonathan Husson, a ­graduate student in the Department of Geosciences, I helped advance research regarding our understanding and interpretations of Earth history’s largest carbon isotope anomaly. " more >>



Diana Chin, 2014
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
"This summer I worked as an intern in Professor Claire Gmachl’s group in the ­Department of Electrical Engineering. I helped conduct research on improving the beam ­quality of quantum cascade lasers." more >>



Sanita Dhaubanjar, 2013
Engineering
"This summer I worked in the Bio-based and Green Energy laboratory at ­Kathmandu ­University researching various topics in energy recovery from wastewater." more >>



Daniel Dix, 2012
Operations Research and Financial Engineering
"This summer, I worked in the Princeton Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis (PENSA), on data visualization and collection for Professor Powell." more >>



Lauren Edelman, 2014
Chemical and Biological Engineering
"The goal of my research was to develop a protocol to investigate a protein, GSU1338, which could play a role in mercury uptake in the bacterium Geobacter ­sulfurreducens. " more >>



Ashish Gupta, 2013
Computer Science
"This summer I worked on a project involving the creation of a model to simulate the movement of power throughout a network grid in the U.S." more >>



William Harrel, 2013
Operations Research and Financial Engineering
"The goal of my project was to create a model of Solar Renewable Energy ­Credits (SRECs) to compute a forward price curve and assess the viability of solar energy, ­especially in Massachusetts." more >>



Brian Huang, 2013
Computer Science
"While working with Claudie Beaulieu in Professor Jorge Sarmiento's group in the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, I examined possible ­applications of bifurcation theory to predict tipping points in the Earth’s climate system. " more >>



Max Jacobson, 2013
Chemical and Biological Engineering
"This summer, in Professor Daniel Sigman’s laboratory, I constructed an apparatus to investigate the conversion of dissolved organic ­nitrogen (DON) to ammonium, in the presence of sunlight, in Sargasso Sea water." more >>



Adam Jaffe, 2012
Chemistry
"This summer, I researched metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and their ­application to ­hydrogen and carbon dioxide gas storage (MOFs are supramolecular ­structures that incorporate both organic and inorganic components)." more >>



Anupama Khan, 2012
Chemistry
"I worked with Professor Robert Goldston at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and Professor Steven Bernasek in the Chemistry ­Department, to study the effectiveness of lithium as a plasma-facing component in fusion reactors." more >>



Kevin Kim, 2012
Operations Research and Financial Engineering
"This summer at PENSA (Princeton Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis), we simulated this problem for a grid operator called PJM Interconnections, and built a model that would allocate power generation optimally in the presence of increased wind." more >>



Alexa Krakaris, 2012
Electrical Engineering
"During this summer internship I worked with Robert Street conducting research ­pertaining to organic photovoltaics." more >>



Ziwei Leng, 2014
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
"As an intern in Professor Lynn Loo’s laboratory, I developed a method for making ­organic semiconducting nanowires for applications in organic electronics such as the organic ­solar cell, which is a cheaper but currently less efficient device compared with ­silicon-based solar cells." more >>



Jonathan Moch, 2012
Geosciences
"This summer I worked with the Sarmiento group in the Atmospheric and Oceanic ­Sciences Program on quantifying carbon cycle-climate feedbacks in Earth System ­Models." more >>



Emily Moder, 2013
Civil and Environmental Engineering
"My internship was based in the field of fluid mechanics research, looking specifically at the behavior of turbulent air flow when it is subjected to different temperature profiles." more >>



Kathleen O’Neil, 2014
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
"The overall goal of my internship was to make progress on a wind turbine which can be easily deployed from a standard shipping container." more >>



Kirsten Parratt, 2013
Chemical and Biological Engineering
"This summer I investigated the relationship between molecular structure and device performance in organic field-effect transistors." more >>



Jessica Saylors, 2013
Chemical and Biological Engineering
"My internship was part of a larger project exploring the potential of contorted ­hexabenzocoronene (HBC), a carbon-lattice molecule, and its derivatives for use in ­organic-based electronics and solar cells." more >>



William (Junho) Song, 2013
Mathematics
"The main project of my internship in the summer of 2011 was to design an electricity price simulator under the guidance of Professor Warren Powell. more >>



Kevin Steinberger, 2012
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
"The goal of my internship this summer was to conduct research on biochar, defined as a form of charcoal created from biomass and used for agricultural purposes." more >>



Daniel Steurer, 2014
Chemical and Biological Engineering
"This summer I spent time working in the lab of Professor François Morel, looking at some intricacies of the cyanobacteria Trichodesmium sp. SMS 101." more >>



Charles Zhang, 2013
Electrical Engineering
"During this summer, I collected and analyzed data from experiments on solar cells at United Solar Ovonic in Michigan." more >>



Yapei Zhang, 2014
Molecular Biology
"My internship this summer at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences was part of a ­larger collaborative project to better understand how anthropogenic nitrogen ­fixation affects nitrogen deposition in the North Atlantic Ocean." more >>



Chengming Zhu, 2013
Mathematics
"I worked this summer with Dr. Michael Coulon, in Princeton Laboratory of Energy ­Systems Analysis (PENSA), on study of multi-fuel dependent electricity pricing and the influence of European market ­coupling on the electricity spot and forward price." more >>




Nisha Bhat, 2014
Undeclared
"As an intern at IkamvaYouth, I assisted in ­organizing and ­running the organization's annual Winter School—a two-week program that ­provides learners with tutoring sessions, career development workshops, and HIV/AIDS ­education and testing." more >>



Nicole Bornkamp, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
"I interned in the Woodrow Wilson School’s STEP program assisting a post-doctoral ­researcher with his studies concerning South African climate change and it’s effect on crop production." more >>



Steven Fuchs, 2013
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
"One of the great things about my time in Grahamstown, South Africa was that every day was different. My primary project involved studying the rate at which various ­Eastern Cape stream fish consume oxygen." more >>



Kieryn Graham, 2013
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
"I spent my time as an intern in Gondwana Canyon Park in southern Namibia. My primary objective was to gain experience in nature conservation and monitoring and management strategie." more >>



Alexandra Kasdin, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
"This summer, I worked as an environmental education teaching assistant in ­Northern ­Kenya, in areas ravaged by overgrazing and drought." more >>



Veronika Lipkova, 2014
Undeclared
"My summer internship with IkamvaYouth was designed to help me understand and act on the challenges that an educational NGO is faced with." more >>



Kathleen Ryan, 2014
Geosciences
"At the Princeton Ecohydrology lab at the Mpala Research Center, Kenya, my ­colleagues and I sought to learn more about how vegetation, water, and the atmosphere ­interact to create the climactic conditions characteristic of the dryland ecosystem." more >>



Hannah Safford, 2013
Chemical and Biological Engineering
"I spent eleven weeks in the Caylor Ecohydrology Lab, located at the Mpala Research Center in the highlands of central Kenya, helping to understand and model the ­hydrologic cycle of dry savanna ecosystems. " more >>



Alice Suh, 2012
Civil and Environmental Engineering
"I spent the summer at Mpala Research Center and Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. I assisted Professor Kelly Caylor and Dr. Keir Soderberg with the lab's ­ongoing ­research on the hydrological cycle in the semi-arid savannah, and its interaction with ­dryland ecosystems." more >>



Alana Tornello, 2012
Comparative Literature
"My internship was sponsored by the Environmental Learning Research Centre at Rhodes University, where I worked with PEI intern Lilia Xie to create multimedia vignettes for two rural villages in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa." more >>



Hannah Vazquez, 2013
Comparative Literature
"I worked with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Earthwatch on the Grevy’s Zebra Project, a conservation project that aims at identifying and mitigating threats to Grevy’s Zebra survival in order to contribute to a viable Grevy’s Zebra population." more >>



Lilia Xie, 2014
Undeclared
"During my internship with the Environmental Learning Research Centre at Rhodes ­University, I worked with fellow PEI intern Alana Tornello to create a range of ­multimedia for the two villages of Hamburg and Cata in the Eastern Cape province of South ­Africa" more >>



Engineers without Borders
Ghana
The summer’s work ­consisted of ­logistical planning, materials acquisition, and work force mobilization ­necessary for the successful completion of the structure as well as the development of an ­effective ­library management system for the donated books. more >>




Hilary Bartlett, 2012
Woodrow Wilson School
"As part of my work for the Public Health Foundation of India, I wrote a 16-country survey that details the health ­systems of a range of different countries around the world." more >>



Kevin Bors, 2013
Electrical Engineering
"The goal of this project was to develop a method for non-invasive glucose sensing. This would be particularly useful for those afflicted with diabetes, who need to test their blood glucose levels often." more >>



Courtney Crumpler, 2013
Anthropology
"In Mozambique this summer, I conducted an independent research project to investigate cooperation between Brazil and Mozambique around HIV/AIDS care and treatment, and to learn more about how foreign NGOs operate in ­developing ­countries." more >>



Annette Dekker, 2012
Woodrow Wilson School
"I conducted ­research at the Jabulani Rural Health Foundation on the ­availability and use of pain medication and palliative care at Zithulele ­Hospital, ­specifically in relation to infectious diseases such as HIV and TB." more >>



Raphael Frankfurter, 2013
Anthropology
"In my second summer researching in resettlement camps for civilian war-wounded and amputees in Kono, Sierra Leone, I worked with the NGO Wellbody Alliance to ­develop and implement a new community health project." more >>



M. Derek Gideon, 2012
Comparative Literature
"My project in Kenya was twofold: to produce an assessment report for the ­theatre-against-AIDS organization REPACTED in Nakuru, Rift Valley Province, and to ­facilitate the creation of new theatre-against-AIDS troupes in the rural area around ­Isebania Town, Southern Nyanza Province." more >>


Florence Hsiao, 2013
Molecular Biology
"The overarching goal of my summer internship was to determine people’s access to ­potable water in the Kuria region of Kenya and to implement household water ­treatment systems as needed." more >>



Dora Huang, 2013
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
"While at the Naz Foundation, I collaborated with many of the existing programs to produce a tri-monthly newsletter and a training manual for developing care homes." more >>



Moses Icyishaka, 2013
Economics
"My internship afforded me the opportunity to travel all around the country of ­Rwanda to observe and learn from an array of NGOs and associations working on behalf of HIV-positive adults and young adults. " more >>



Sophia Jih, 2012
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
"I went to CDDEP in Delhi, India with the general goal of finding data for my tentative thesis project on measles dynamics within India." more >>



Jamie Joseph, 2013
Woodrow Wilson School
"At Ubuntu Africa, I created a 'chapter ­package,' a ­combination of checklists, letter templates, and organizational guides to educate ­students about Ubuntu Africa, and help them as they work to advocate for the ­organization." more >>



Erick Kazarian, 2012
Molecular Biology
"My internship at the Rothman institute focused primarily on the clinical study of ­infection in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty." more >>



Thomas Letchford, 2014
Undeclared
"Working with the Africa Inland Church (AIC) Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya, and with an ­undergraduate student from Yale University, I researched the extent of Maasai ­community knowledge regarding the potential toxicities of the traditional medicine." more >>



Carmina Mancenon, 2014
Operations Research and Financial Engineering
"At Zithulele Village, South Africa, I collected and processed data from ­maternity case records, then built on these statistics by learning more about the ­surrounding culture." more >>



Megan Orlando, 2012
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
"I worked with a Cultural and Socioeconomic Determinants of Antibiotic Consumption in the U.S. Research Analyst to ­investigate cultural and socioeconomic determinants of antibiotic consumption in the United States." more >>



Megan Partridge, 2014
Civil and Environmental Engineering
"I spent the summer introducing point-of-use colloidal silver impregnated ceramic ­water filtration technology to communities in Kenya, with the ultimate goal of ­reducing ­water-borne disease and stimulating economic development." more >>



Hana Passen, 2012
Classics
"My summer internship working for the Liberian National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) was focused on efforts to cut the transmission of malaria within Liberia in half, with ­special focus on at-risk populations such as pregnant women and children under 5 years of age." more >>



Tristan Perez, 2014
Molecular Biology
"I interned at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Nepal, working on an independent research project focused on the economic burden of Enteric Fever, which is endemic within the country." more >>



Stefanie Siller, 2013
Anthropology
"My specific project was to work with REPACTED, to train two youth groups from the rural Kuria West District of Kenya to perform Magnet Theater ­outreaches in their own ­communities." more >>



Joongyu Song, 2013
Woodrow Wilson School
"I interned with REPACTED Kenya, theater group in Kenya that uses magnet theater, a form of street theater, to raise awareness, and educate the community, about issues regarding sexual health." more >>



Camila Vega, 2012
Comparative Literature
"At the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy, I was able to learn not only about the general workings of health care and public policy in India, but also about antibiotic resistance and the necessity to recognize antibiotics as shared international resources." more >>



Emma Watt, 2013
Comparative Literature
"My specific project was to work with REPACTED, to train two youth groups from the rural Kuria West District of Kenya to perform Magnet Theater ­outreaches in their own ­communities. " more >>



James Williams, 2013
Chemistry
"My particular project at Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, focused on ­evaluating the ecological role of pigs in the transmission of Japanese Encephalitis ­Virus (JEV), a mosquito-borne pathogen that causes severe encephalitis in about 30,000-50,000 people each year." more >>



Daniel Yeboah-Kordieh, 2014
Chemistry
"At Liberian National Malaria Control Program, I participated in a weeklong ­training program about malaria for nurses and also sat in at various public health ­policy ­setting and evaluation meetings. " more >>