There are two forms of Internships available:
College Internships and Westford Academy (High School) Internships (Spring 6 Weeks)
For the WA students during their senior year, we look for a student who is interested with working for a nonprofit organization to learn basic office skills, computer and graphic, social media, public relations and marketing and website skills, event planning.
Summer College Internship Program
We have filled the current Internship positions for this summer and look forward to working with passionate and motivated college students who are looking for a career in environmental issues or nonprofits.
2016 College Summer Interns
Hello! My name is Allie Skahen. I grew up in Westford, and I will be entering my second year at the University of Vermont this fall. I am a Community & International Development Major with minors in Community Entrepreneurship and Green Building & Community Design. As a 2016 summer intern at Sustainable Westford, I am excited to work with vendors and farmers at the Westford Farmers’ Market. As I strengthen my connections to the local community, I am learning many important skills that apply to my professional interests, such as community development strategies, educational outreach, and approaches to supplemental nutrition programs. I have always had a passion for sustainability practices, environmental education, and conservation techniques within local communities. I hope to make a meaningful contribution to the Town of Westford as I endeavor upon public relations and marketing outreach for Sustainable Westford.
Hi! My name is Lucie Oken, and I’m interning for Sustainable Westford this summer as a grantwriter. I attended Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts, and I am a second year at the University of Virginia studying Environmental Science and Public Policy. I’m very interested in conservation, sustainability, and using law and policy to protect the environment and encourage people to develop green habits. Working with Sustainable Westford will give me extremely valuable experience and teach me how to work with governmental and local agencies to bring about positive change. The grant proposals that I write will potentially bring in support for many of Sustainable Westford’s programs, such as the new SNAP Bonus Bucks program at the Farmers market. I look forward to getting involved in the community and Sustainable Westford’s events, and I hope that I can make a meaningful contribution to such a great organization.
Past College Spring Intern
Hello! My name’s Emily True and I am actually from Lowell, Ma. After graduating from Lowell Catholic in 2011, I spent a wonderful year at the University of Vermont where I was surrounded by like-minded, environmentally-conscious peers. But by sophomore year, I transferred to the University of Massachusetts Boston, which was the complete opposite of UVM in a myriad of ways, but I welcomed the change! I am now able to befriend classmates who have different environmental views than I, and it has been a joy to be able to positively influence their actions towards the environment. Lastly, this past summer, I was fortunate enough to study in Italy where I gained an even broader perspective on how other countries address these inherently global problems.
Jumping to current day: I am a senior at Umass Boston majoring in environmental studies, and minoring in clean energy and sustainability and also, geographic information systems. As I thought about my undergraduate career coming to an end, I became eager to get out from under the books and work with an organization that mirrored my passion and devotion to environmental issues. I gravitated toward Sustainable Westford because of their concentrations in sustainability, environmental education, health and local food systems. Not only that, but interweaved into all of their projects and events is always the community – an added bonus. As an intern, I hope to be a valuable addition and impactful member of an already action-oriented, forward-thinking, and educational nonprofit organization.
Past College Summer Interns
Hi, I am Kevin Schiavone I graduated from Westford Academy in 2012. I am now a student at the University of Vermont studying Environmental Science. I am very passionate about the environment and sustainability issues. I loved growing up in Westford but I have learned that the suburban life style is a very un-sustainable way of living. The programs that Sustainable Westford offers is a great stride forward to promoting an environmental friendly community. This summer I will be organizing a team for the Bike-a-Thon, called WE-CYCLE. All the proceeds will help improve the quality of the Farmers Market, Up-Cycle It, Healthy Kids Coalition and Winter Series programs.
Mallori Teden will act as a liaison between the student volunteers and adults. Her responsibilities include running the Tap WA-ter initiative, development and fundraising, special events, and weekly themes.
Hi, I’m Mallori Teden. I am a 2012 Westford Academy graduate and I am currently majoring in environmental studies at the University of Connecticut. This summer, I will be an intern for Sustainable Westford. In this role, I am hoping to get a chance to work at the Westford Farmer’s Market and to take on the Tap WA-ter Initiative that Emily Wood started. I am very passionate about the environment and the current issues we face. I hope to be able to communicate the importance of climate change mitigation to the public and expand climate change education to all age groups. I’m confident that my experiences while interning with Sustainable Westford will deepen my understanding of the impacts that local organizations can have. I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity and I know it will serve me well in the future.
Hi, I’m Chelsea Polevy. I am a 2010 Westford Academy graduate and I am currently studying environmental science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This summer, I will take on the role of intern at Sustainable Westford. I’m very passionate about the environment, and during my internship I hope to raise awareness about environmental issues while working at events such as the Farmers Market. I am also eager to expand my knowledge and develop my professional skills as I promote sustainability. As an intern, I will learn all about grant writing, event planning, public relations, marketing, and much more. I’m confident that I will be able to apply my experiences at Sustainable Westford to my future job as an environmental scientist.
Past Westford Academy High School Internship 2014
Hi, I’m Emily Wood. I am currently a senior at Westford Academy soon to be an Environmental Studies major at the University of Vermont. Before I go, I’d like to make a positive impact at WA. Therefore, for my internship I am working with Sustainable Westford to discourage the use of single-use water bottles and promote the use of filtered tap water as an alternative. I believe that in an increasingly environmentally conscious world, WA needs to show its support.
We hope that this experience will help Emily take a leadership position as she moves ahead in her studies and career this coming fall at University of Vermont where she will study Environmental Issues.