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Energy and Environment Internship

Sam Leist '14 interned with the Atlantic Council's Energy and Environment Program during the summer of 2013.  The Atlantic Council, a non-partisan think tank, is an organization "devoted to promoting transatlantic cooperation and international security." The Council's Energy and Environment Program focuses on "the economic and political aspects of energy security and supply, as well as international environmental issues."

What kind of responsibilities do you have as an intern?
Sam: I have a wide array of responsibilities that change daily and weekly. Some of these responsibilities include event planning and coordination, research on various issues related to energy security, and acting as an assistant to various Council staff or senior fellows. Much of the work that I do is based on whatever the Energy and Environment staff is doing on any given day, and because working at a think tank is so dependent on current events (and therefore very fast-paced), it is difficult to predict future assignments.

What has been the biggest project in this internship?
Sam: The only long-term project I have worked on so far was helping to plan and set up for an event titled "Fossil Fuel Produced Waters: Asset or Waste?" This 2-day event brought together industry leaders, scholars, and government officials to discuss the various uses and issues related to water produced during the production of energy from fossil fuels. 

More about the Atlantic Council and the Environment and Energy Program can be found at

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