Intern-al Review: Maddie Bowen

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Hailing from Wayne, Pennsylvania, Maddie is a rising senior at Georgetown University majoring in Economics with a double minor in Environmental Studies and Classics.

What are your goals for your degree?

As of now, my broad goal is to work in environmental policy. After I graduate next spring, I will be staying in D.C. and will enroll at the Georgetown Law Center where I plan to focus on environmental law.  

Why did you choose to intern with VEIC/DCSEU?

I chose to intern with the DCSEU as the public policy intern because I thought that it could be the perfect introduction into the world of environmental policy. When I learned that I would be working with the DCSEU's Managing Director Ted Trabue, who also studied economics and went to law school, I knew there was a lot to learn from the position.  

What are you most excited for during your internships here at VEIC/DCSEU? 

I am most excited to get more hands-on experience with environmental policy, which I of course had been interested in prior to coming to DCSEU, but also to learn more about aspects of energy and electricity that I had never been exposed to before. So far, I’ve been able to attend a virtual meeting for the DC Council, to research the intricacies of deregulated electricity markets, and to learn so much about the progressive environmental policies here in DC. For the rest of the summer I will continue studying the impacts of state and federal legislation on electricity markets and am eager to keep following President Biden’s efforts to pass climate legislation.  

How do you hope to use your experience here in your future pursuits? 

Although I have only completed my first month with DCSEU, my work with Mr. Trabue so far has already taught me so much about how city, state, and federal legislation works with regards to energy and electricity. In the future, I hope to use this experience and continue working in the energy policy field after law school. It has been a great experience to see how DCSEU can work with the D.C. government to make incredible progress in the District and it has shown me that there are many different ways and careers that can have a positive impact on our environment. 

What is your craziest skill? 

I’m not sure if this counts as a “crazy skill,” but I am a very fast reader and have already completed 57 books so far in 2021!  

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