Intern-al Review: Olivia Deally

Born in the South and raised in the North, Olivia recently received her Bachelor's degree in International Relations and will be pursing her Master's in Environment, Development and Peace at the University for Peace.

What would you like to do with your degree?

While I am not sure yet which specific career I would like to have in the future, my interests lie in environmental policy, equity and social justice. My goal is to work in this field and advocate for global climate justice.

Where are you from?

I am originally from Atlanta, but I also lived in New Hampshire for many years, so I consider myself to be from both the North and South. 

Why did you choose to intern with VEIC/DCSEU?

I was eager to work with VEIC/DCSEU because it is an organization that shares my values in promoting not only energy efficiency and sustainability, but also energy justice through programs like Solar for All or Workforce Development. The DCSEU is always seeking out ways to collaborate with different communities across D.C. and to be attuned to the district's needs.  

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

I have been with VEIC/DCSEU for only a couple of months, but I have already had very rewarding experiences while working with the Workforce Development team. The Workforce Development program assists district residents in learning more about the green economy and getting experience in the field through on the job training. Seeing this process of individuals’ professional development alongside the expanse of a sustainable economy has been a very exciting opportunity to participate in and I get to learn from daily. 

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

As a student with a more political background, working with VEIC/DCSEU has been very educational because I have had the chance to learn more about the technical work needed for a city to become more sustainable and the requirements to have a workforce prepared for climate change. I hope to bring this new knowledge and experience with me into my graduate studies and future career.  

What is your craziest skill?

While I am certainly not fluent, I can speak three other languages - Arabic, Spanish and French.

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