Intern-al Review: Mackenzie Swartz
Mackenzie Swartz is a rising senior attending the George Washing University School of Business where she studies International Business with a minor in Sustainability. Here’s a little bit about her and her experience interning at the DCSEU:
How did you hear of DCSEU, and what led you to seek an internship here?
I found this internship through Linkedin, featured on VEIC’s page. I was instantly engaged as I read more about the Solar Program and the incredible work the DCSEU is doing.
What does an average day’s work look like for you at DCSEU?
Everyday holds something different in store, which is something I value so much about this job. I am constantly engaging with different contractors and tasks, allowing me to gain a lot of valuable experience. I often attend stakeholder meetings and site visits as well.
What have you enjoyed most so far about this internship?
I find connecting with our contractors the most rewarding. It is amazing to hear directly from those putting the solar up, especially what drives them to work in community solar.
What do you like to do outside of your internship?
I love spending time outside, particularly hiking, kayaking, and dog-walking. Even though I go to school here, I still greatly enjoy taking an afternoon to explore the Smithsonians as well.
What role, if any, does energy conservation play in your daily lives?
I never leave my apartment without making sure all the lights and my electronics are turned off. I also am very mindful about how often I use the AC, limiting it to only short periods of time when necessary.
At this point, what would you say is the most valuable knowledge you will take away from this internship?
I believe my greater understanding of the solar industry and the players involved has prepared me well for the next steps in my career. By serving as a liaison between DOEE, Pepco, contractors, and subscribers, I am exposed to all aspects of solar development, which is rare in a single position.
What would be your dream job?
I would love to own and operate a wine vineyard one day, spending my days tasting and curating wines in the hills of Sonoma Valley.