Student Information

Student Name

Shiyu Zhang

Email

e.zhang119@gmail.com

Academy

Engineering

Internship Information

Company/Organization: MEVO (Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization

Mentor(s):Eric J. Fuchs-Stengel, Peter Hauenstein

Topic of Internship

Not-for-profit, Environmental

Background Information

The Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization (MEVO) is a not-for-profit organization, located in Northern New Jersey. It began as a club in 2008 in Mahwah High School and has evolved into a well-known organization in the region. MEVO strives to promote environmental change in the communities and focuses on three aspects that guide its environmental work: Service, Sustainability and Environment. The organization provides service to the communities through its network of volunteers in order to reduce environmental problems. MEVO practices sustainability to conserve the earth’s resources and promote environmentally friendly lifestyles –all for the sake of protecting the environment. MEVO has a volunteer base of over a thousand members and it’s still continuing to grow. The organization has also been recipient to many awards, such as the Organization of the Year Award (2012) and the Russell Berrie Award for Making a Difference (2012), for their selfless actions and contributions to society.

Summary of Internship

My internship at MEVO has provided me with an overall experience of what it is like to work for a not-for-profit environmental organization. I entered the internship not knowing what to expect of it, but was able to learn about the work that goes into maintaining a not-go-profit organization and participate in environmental activities. Running an organization requires a lot of work and communication with other contacts and groups. As the Communication Relations Intern at MEVO, I wrote numerous emails, called many people and attended plenty of meetings, in order to keep the organization operating. I also directly participated in hands-on activities, such as gardening, composting and bee-keeping. MEVO is a great internship for those who wish to obtain a holistic experience and to learn both the administrative and practical skills that are involved in running such an organization. Best of all, the environmental knowledge that I have accrued throughout the internship can be applicable to my own lifestyle to promote healthier and more sustainable ways of living.

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