In support of our Strategic Growth Project initiative, EHS Support is launching a Summer Internship Program this year. We have assembled a multi-disciplinary team from science and engineering backgrounds with varying knowledge in hydrogeology, ecology, chemistry, economics, and data science/geographic information systems. Each week we’ll be spotlighting a different intern to share their skills, interests, and experience in the program.
This week we’re spotlighting Sam Meil, who’s pursuing a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester (NY).
What attracted you to the EHS Support Summer Internship Program?
I’ve always been passionate about environmental issues, and hearing about the opportunity to work for a company that focuses on them excited me, so I decided to apply.
Why did you think you’d be a good candidate?
I thought that my values, interests, and experiences aligned well with the program goals. I knew that my coursework, club, and research experience had prepared me well to take on a project of this scale.
What do you hope to get out of the program?
I have two main goals for the program. First, I want to learn as much as possible. I’m excited to gain new experience in a field I have limited experience with. I also hope to leave my mark, however small, on the company and have the project provide value to our clients for years to come.
How has it been working alongside the other interns?
It’s been great! I have really enjoyed getting to know them and using our diverse set of experiences and interests to collaborate in a meaningful way. I am excited to continue to learn and engage with them.
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned so far?
It’s difficult to choose just one thing! One would be learning about the Superfund program. I can’t believe I’d never heard of it before I started here! It’s an awesome system that hopefully will allow for drastic improvements in environmental and human health.
What would you like to do in your career in the long term?
I hope to work in a field related to green technology development and hopefully help mitigate the effects of climate change on the environment and all that inhabit it.
What’s one fun/little known fact about you?
I really enjoy baking! My mother is a baker by trade, and I worked in her bakery all throughout high school.