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Clean Energy Fund Internship

Wrapping up Interviews and Editing

On August 4th, I conducted an interview with Rich Smith, an intern on the technical team whose focus in this project was on geothermal technologies.  We intended to begin the interview around 10am at the library, and move on to filming the survey process at McAuley Hall afterward.  This way, we would know exactly what clips to film in order to match the interview dialogue.  Unfortunately, we both had forgotten Saturday's library hours, which are noon-5pm.  Since we had two hours to fill, I decided to show Rich the interview questions an

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

by Daniel Hopkins '13, CEF Summer Media Intern

Final Weeks

With the Equine Center Solar PV project completed and the final Comprehensive Campus Renewable Energy Feasibility Study reports being written, these Clean Energy Fund projects are winding down. My outreach duties have not however, and with the final weeks of the internship coming to an end I have been working on multiple press releases, an information pamphlet for the Equine Center, and reflecting on what I have learned over the past weeks and how these new skills will affect my future career.

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

by Kierstin Wall '13, CEF Summer Outreach Intern

Unexpected Obstacles and Video Format Issue Resolved!

The past two weeks have consisted of many unexpected obstacles and more importantly, the solutions to those obstacles.  As I began organizing and editing some of the video clips I’d converted from .MTS (a very uncommon and difficult video format to work with) to .AVI (a standard video format supported by almost all editing systems), I noticed that the trial video converter program I’d been using was shortening the length of each video and reducing the quality dramatically.  Knowing that I would be eventually uploading these videos to Vimeo, which requires rendering and

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

by Daniel Hopkins '13, CEF Summer Media Intern

Mind Mapping and Career Exploration

The past week I have been working on the final steps to organizing the Equine Center Ceremony. I also stopped by UVM Career Services, a free service offered to UVM students, by suggestion of our internship advisors. On my first meeting, I took the Myers-Briggs personality test; a test designed to tell you what your preferences are, your best features, and where your flaws may lie. The career advisor and I determined I was type ENFJ: extroversion, intuition, feeling and judging. The test then provides in depth descriptions of each type. The tagline for my 'type'?

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

by Kierstin Wall '13, CEF Summer Outreach Intern

Organization and Time Management

I believe the greatest skills I am acquiring from this internship thus far are organization and time management. Working two labor jobs on top of this internship has proven challenging; physically and mentally. Thankfully, I have been able to keep track of my to do lists and use my resources, including my iPhone and Basecamp, a project management software, to organize myself.

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

by Kierstin Wall '13, CEF Summer Outreach Intern

Video Concepts, CCREFS Filming and Video Conversion

Over the past two weeks I’ve spent the majority of my time writing video scripts, brainstorming new video concepts/themes, filming with CEF intern Jack Lehrecke, uploading time-lapse photos and researching methods of converting AVCHD video files into a high quality format supported by my editing system. 

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

by Daniel Hopkins '13, CEF Summer Media Intern

Event Planning and Research

During the past two weeks I have given the Equine Center opening ceremony the majority of my attention. This has included meeting with Jeff Wakefield, associate director of University Communications, who brought his experienced insights to the meeting. We discussed the guest list, the potential date and time for the event, our guest speakers, what we would need, etc; everything that needs to be finalized, the actual “planning” of the event.

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

by Kierstin Wall '13, CEF Summer Outreach Intern

Beginnings

Experience experience experience. That is what an internship entails; work experience, social experience, life experience. This internship has me enthused at the fact that I will have an experience of learning and creating, putting all my knowledge to the test. The Clean Energy Fund internship started with meeting the internship team, talking about our tasks and responsibilities, what we would like to gain from our experience, and what our advisors wanted from us.

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

by Kierstin Wall '13, CEF Summer Outreach Intern

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