Previous Interns

Dennis Avila

I graduated from UCLA with an degree in International Development Studies and a minor in Latin American Studies and French. I hope to work in development and sustainability in developing countries, especially in my native Peru, and the rest of Latin America as well. This interest started when I took my first Environmental Science class at Los Angeles Valley College, which opened my eyes regarding environmental issues worldwide. This led me to participate in the Student Greening Program there as well as in the Environmental Club on campus. I am hoping to make a difference in the local level in order to eventually replicate this experience in other areas of the world where sustainability has a long way to go.

 

 

Eden Axelrad


Eden was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and came to live in Santa Monica at the age of 10. He recently graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Management. Eden's passion for the environment stems from his love of the outdoors, which began 10 years ago when he started climbing, camping and hiking. He plans to pursue a career that utilizes both natural science and policy in order to create sustainable solutions and help solve environmental problems. Eden recently joined the Sustainable Works intern team to help design a survey that will measure the efficacy of environmental education programs.

 

Chris Calderon

I am an LA native who graduated from UC Santa Cruz (go Banana Slugs!) with a BA in Latin American and Latino Studies. I recently decided to go back to school in search of something I could be passionate about, that's where I found the Recycling and Resource Management program. I never considered myself a "tree hugger" but after studying under some of the best teachers in the program as well as being surrounded by passionate individuals at Sustainable Works who share my committment to sustainability, I'm a proud tree hugger. After graduating from Santa Monica College I hope to work as a Sustainability Coordinator or in Corporate Social Responsibility.

 

 

Megan Campbell

Megan is a San Fernando Valley native, but recently made her move to the west side in Brentwood. After pursuing a career in theater and starring in her first Broadway show at nineteen, Megan realized her true passion was somewhere else. She is currently at UCLA pursuing her B.A. in Anthropology. Megan has always been passionate about environmental conservation and preservation and is thrilled to be a part of the Sustainable Works intern team. She is excited about this new journey and looks forward to trying to save the planet one step at a time.

 

 

Jaclyn Cheng

Jaclyn is a senior undergraduate majoring in Statistics at Sun Yat-sen University in China. As she saw our environmental problems worsening, Jaclyn was motivated to change the situation in China by guiding the communities there to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. In order to learn more about organization management and environmental issues, Jaclyn applied for the 2013 W.T. Chan Fellowship, a service-learning program in Los Angeles and chose Sustainable Works as her internship site. Jaclyn is now working on project evaluations and material updates. She loves planting and she believes changing habits in our daily lives can make a difference and reduce harm to the environment.

 

Molly Cox

I am a senior at Colby College, studying Global Studies with a concentration in Environmental Studies. When I graduate in May, I want to work for an organization concerned with environmental issues, and more specifically, a company that deals with marketing of renewable energy. I studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, where I took part in the European Sustainability program. This helped me develop a passion for environmental issues, especially after seeing Copenhagen's success with wind power. I have also interned at different environmental organizations working in Communications, so Sustainable Works is the perfect place for me. I am helping to organize the poster contest, and I love the planning, organizational and outreach aspects of my work here. The office I work in is also very sustainable in so many aspects, and inspires me to implement some of these practices at my home.

 

Kelsey Davis

Kelsey is a senior at UCLA pursuing a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies. Kelsey first became interested in environmental issues after completing a habitat restoration project in high school. Currently, she is co-leading a recycling project on campus through UCLA’s Education for Sustainable Living Program. In her spare time she serves as a youth mentor and is involved in her sorority, Delta Delta Delta. As Sustainability Works’ Membership Program Administrative Intern, Kelsey manages current memberships and develops ideas for attracting new members. Along with the Sustainability Works staff, she is also establishing a quarterly newsletter for members. Through this internship, Kelsey hopes to learn more about sustainable practices for businesses and citizens.

 

Britta Dosch

Britta is a rising senior at Boston University majoring in International Relations with a focus in Environment and Development in Latin America and a minor in Spanish Language and Literature. Britta has also recently been accepted into the International Relations Honors Program and she will be focusing her studies on the impact of the United Nations Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, REDD, program on the indigenous peoples of Panama and Ecuador. Born and raised in Los Angeles to parents who promoted an environmentally friendly life style at a young age, Britta has always been passionate about the environment. Last fall, she studied in Costa Rica at the School for Field Studies Center for Sustainable Development where her passion for the environment grew even more. She learned many new sustainable living practices that she hopes to implement at her home in Los Angeles and inspire others to do the same as well.

 

Claire Goldberg

Claire Goldberg is currently a junior at Santa Monica High School. She is president of the Samohi Solar Alliance, the school's largest student-run environmental group. In 2012, Claire was chosen to take part in the Youth Delegation for the Rio+20 Conference. In her spare time, she plays cello, golf and writes for her school newspaper.

 

 

 

David Keahiolalo

David is a student at Santa Monica College and will be transferring to Pepperdine University to pursue his MBA in Fall of 2015. Born and raised in rural Hawai’i, David has always had a respect for the environment. After moving to Los Angeles in 2012, he worked for several startups and discovered a passion for business. David's goal is to open his own eco-focused business after completing his degree. As a Business Greening Program Intern, he hopes to learn more about how businesses and individuals can better operate in harmony with the environment. 

 

 

 

Oana Leahu-Aluas

After taking an undergraduate course on global warming, Oana knew the environmental field was the only one for her. Having relocated to LA from DC at the end of 2012, Oana began volunteering for Sustainable Works and now keeps the news and resources sections of the website up to date. She is also in training to become an instructor for the Residential Green Living Workshops. Oana has a passion for sustainability at institutions of higher education, and hopes to one day be a sustainability coordinator at a university. She has her BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley and her MA in Global Environmental Policy from American University.

 

 

Mary Nguyen

Mary is a student at Santa Monica College and will be applying for transfer in Fall of 2015. She was born and raised in San Jose, Northern California and has been actively involved in that community’s social work. She became interested in the environment after a course in high school and it become a passion for her career choice. She plans to pursue a career in sustainable management, hoping to give back to the community of San Jose. As a Research Assistant intern, she has been involved in researching and analyzing materials that would help others grasp the current environmental events.

 

 

Marlena Nip

Marlena is currently working towards a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies at Loyola Marymount University.  Growing up in the Bay Area, she has always had a passion for the environment.   Marlena started competitively swimming at age 8 which lead her to join the Lions Division I NCAA swim team at LMU.  Her passion for the water has driven her to become an Advanced Certified PADI SCUBA diver, which has given her the opportunity to travel around the globe to countries such as Malaysia, China, Australia, and Honduras. These trips have enhanced her appreciation for nature and culture and at the same time made her aware of coral reef bleaching, and deforestation due to the expansion of Palm Oil plantations.  While interning at Sustainable Works, she hopes to learn more about domestic environmental issues.  Upon graduation she plans pursuing a career in environmental conservation and education.

 

Mladen Popovic

Mladen was born in Belgrade, Serbia and subsequently migrated to Santa Monica at the age of three and has been a native ever since. He is currently a senior studying Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Studies at UCSB and plans to attend graduate school in the future. After taking several introductory courses in environmental studies his freshman year under the renowned Prof. Paul Wack and Prof. Edward Keller, he became enamored with the workings and functioning of the environment. Further course work included Environmental Planning, Energy and the Environment and Sustainable Communities. His course work along with previous work experience researching the effects of a restored LA River at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health under former CDC Environmental Health Director Dr. Richard Jackson allow him to approach answers to the issues facing our environment in a multitude of viewpoints. He is currently updating the Sustainable Works Worksbook that will be used in local workshops to educate and enlighten the community regarding new and exciting sustainable and environmental solutions.

 

Emma Ross

I am a Junior at USC and will graduate with a double degree in Environmental Studies and Italian in May 2015. I became interested in the environment at the young age of 12 when I learned how to scuba dive and saw how amazing the “unknown blue” was and how we were harming it. I usually spend most summers on a boat in various places in the world, conducting research on various subjects, such as whale migratory patterns, pH level fluctuation and manymore. Growing up in Europe, the environment was never a topic of conversation, which continues to be an issue today. Once I graduate, and will most likely go to graduate school, I would love to return to Europe (most likely Italy) and see what environmental organizations are trying to do to protect our environment.

 

KellyAnne Tang

KellyAnne is a senior at UCLA pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Environmental Engineering. She's been passionate about the environment since she joined the environmental club at her high school and continues her participation in student organizations at UCLA. After taking a food policy seminar this past spring, she became particularly interested in sustainable food systems and is now a volunteer for the Santa Monica Farmers Market. In her free time, she writes and designs for the student newspaper, the Daily Bruin, and plays ultimate frisbee for the women's club team. As the new graphics design intern at Sustainable Works, she hopes to help increase awareness about sustainability and inspire people to change their habits in order to help the environment.