Climate Programs Intern
Melissa is the Climate Programs Intern at Second Nature, focusing on database analysis, entry, and management and supporting the Climate Programs staff. She joined the team in September 2017. Melissa grew up in New Jersey and moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University. She is currently completing her final semester as an Environmental Studies major with a Sustainable Business Practices minor.
Melissa decided to pursue a career in the environmental field after living through Hurricane Sandy in 2012. After seeing the effects of the superstorm on her hometown and NYC, she devoted her studies to climate change resilience, urban issues, and environmental planning, in addition to GIS. Melissa has recently completed internships and co-ops in these subject areas at Toxics Action Center, BlueWave Solar, and MassDOT.
To learn more about sustainability, Melissa spent a summer in Costa Rica completing field work at a university and learning about the campus’s own sustainable practices, such as composting, waste water treatment, and use of biodigesters. Melissa is excited to share her enthusiasm for sustainability while at Second Nature and hopes to further her knowledge of sustainable initiatives at the higher education level while in this role.