• Ximena Lugo (Environmental Engineering)Where did you intern?
    I interned at Department of Energy Headquarters in Washington D.C.
  • How did you get your internship?
    I got my internship through my fellowship at the Applied Research Center.
  • What did you do there? What projects did you work on?
    I got to shadow Robert Seifert, the Director of Regulatory Compliance, and attend meetings with him to gain exposure to the various intergovernmental programs such as EPA, NEPA, and NRC. I worked on many tasks including reviewing annual summary reports, completing checklists for reports, and summarizing workshops for management.
  • What was the coolest thing about your internship or that happened during your internship?
    The coolest thing was being able to travel to Savannah River Site and touring all the buildings and departments firsthand that I had been learning about over the summer. The exposure we got to the technology that DOE-EM utilizes was really interesting.
  • What advice do you have for those beginning the internship process?
    I would advise interns to get to understand the careers of other employees, not just their internship mentor, so that they can experience all of the possible meetings, programs, and expand their network beyond just what they’re assigned to for the summer.
  • What did you like most about your experience?
    I really enjoyed how friendly everyone was which allowed me to shadow various people and understand what it is they do for their career.
  • What did you learn about yourself?
    Living on my own with a roommate taught me independence and what I value most in my everyday life, as well as what I seek in a career.
  • How did the position increase your professional confidence?
    The position definitely increased my professional confidence and I feel I better understanding what to expect when I start my career.


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