Bianca is a sophomore Environmental Sciences major with minors in Geography and Journalism. She is an intern at the Southeastern Wind Coalition (SEWC) in charge of designing and disseminating information on social media.
Q: Describe a typical day at your job.
A: “Usually I’m just on my computer wherever I am at the time, just working through the content that I’ve been sent, figuring out how to get it out to people, in what format, and on what platforms. ”
Q: What past work experience do you have in clean-tech?
A: “I interned with Environment North Carolina. I worked on the campaign to protect funding for state parks. We organized campus and community events, gathered photo-petitions to Tweet at governor McCrory, we sent weekly letters to the editor and one op ed about our campaign focus, and we gathered a coalition of businesses onto a letter to also deliver to the governor in defense of funding for state parks.”
Q: What skills did you need to learn that other job-hunters should cultivate?
A: “All this skills I needed were ones I gained just by actually doing the job. So the “skill” per say would be a willingness to work and try anything – thats really what will get you places. ”
Q: Describe a time you messed up at work or were uncertain of what to do. What happened? How did you handle it? What did you learn?
A: “One time, we were given a list of 60 people, and I was told to call the people, and try to get them to sign up for a newsletter. I didn’t know I only had to call for two hours, so I ended up spending something like 6 hours on the phone trying to speak to every person on the list. It was just insane, but I did it because that was the better alternative to not doing enough. I always handle these situations–if I cant just ask a question to clarify–by going above and beyond.”
Q: What is the #1 thing you wish you’d known earlier during job-hunting?
A: “Always be applying to everything. Always keep your eyes peeled because that will help a lot in the long run.”