Meet the Green Student Interns
The Office of Sustainability’s Green Student Intern Program (GSIP) employs students during the summer, fall, and spring semesters to work on sustainability projects that benefit the students, university and community. Sustainability projects will often be related to the following operational areas: transportation, recycling/waste management, behavioral change, and outreach and event planning. Learn more about the internship program here.
Fall 2018-2019 Interns
Alexis Zosel, Compost Team Manager
Alexis Zosel is a senior Communication Sciences & Disorders major with minors in Spanish and Psychology from Tupelo, MS. This will be her third semester interning with the Office of Sustainability, now with a focus on the Compost program. Alexis is very excited to help the Compost program move forward, as she believes there is a lot that composting has to offer to the community and feels strongly about minimizing food waste. She has developed a passion for sustainability over the years and has volunteered her time toward various sustainable programs and events. Alexis believes in making efficient use of the resources around oneself and wishes to help Ole Miss take the steps to get there. She is also a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, a peer educator for Rebels Against Sexual Assault, and a Global Ambassador.
Yasmeen Abdo, Green Grove Coordinator
Yasmeen Abdo is a senior pre-med student majoring in biochemistry from Madison, MS. She is interested in sustainability because she believes that 7.4 billion people can only be healthy if they live on a sustainable planet and in a clean environment. She enjoys reading everything, going to the movie theatre, and eating ice cream.
Taylor Robertson, Green Grove Coordinator
Taylor Robertson is senior psychology major from Batesville, Mississippi. She grew up raising cattle and gardening with her family and her passion or sustainability is rooted in her agricultural background. Taylor’s interest in sustainability revolves around the human-nature connection and plans to work as a Horticultural Therapist after she graduates. Taylor loves camping, reading, and playing fetch with her cats.
Wesley Gerard, Active Transportation Intern
Wesley Gerard is an International Studies and Arabic double major and Public Policy Leadership minor from Madison, Mississippi. Wesley has previously worked with the Office of Sustainability on the Woodlawn Davis Park Project and conducted research on community outreach strategies for the office. Wesley spent the summer of 2017 and the spring of 2018 studying abroad in Jordan, conducting research on the water shortage and its effects on rural communities while there. Wesley’s academic and career interests include political ecology, water policy, and the effects of climate change on migration and other political processes, particularly in the Middle East. At Ole Miss, Wesley is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, the Croft Institute for International Studies, the Lott Leadership Institute, and the Ole Miss Pride of the South. As a Sustainable Transportation intern, Wesley hopes to learn more about sustainable transportation methods as well as the way local, smaller-scale sustainability policy functions. In the future, Wesley would like to pursue a career in international environmental policy or academia.
Navodit Paudel, Student Engagement Coordinator for Diversity
Navodit is a Junior at Ole Miss majoring in Banking and Finance and minoring in Economics & Mathematics. He is an international student from Kathmandu, Nepal. He believes his journey from a rural village in Nepal to the United States has been really exciting. As a child, he was engaged in farming with his grandfather and learned how to grow crops and recycle things. This made Navodit develop an interest in the environment and sustainability. Upon graduation, Navodit wants to pursue a career as a Financial Analyst. Navodit is fun loving and enjoys adventure trips. During summer 2018, he completed an International Business internship in Thailand. Navodit is elected as a Senator of the Associated Student Body for the academic year 2018-2019. Navodit is former Secretary of Nepalese Students’ Association at Ole Miss, Project Coordinator at Intercultural Communication, former Vice-president of Ole Miss Table Tennis club and a member of Entrepreneur club.
Megan Stubbs, Recycling and Waste Reduction Intern
Megan Stubbs is a junior at the University of Mississippi pursuing her B.A. in Biology with a premedical emphasis. She joined the Office of Sustainability as an Eco Rep Leader in the fall of 2017 with the intent of learning more about sustainability and implementing it in her everyday life. She is an advocate for recycling, composting, and other ways of living sustainably on and off campus. Megan enjoys walks in Lamar Park, playing soccer, and the smell of fresh-cut grass. In addition serving as the Recycling and Waste Reduction intern, Megan is also in the SMBD Honors College, VP of UM Women’s Club Soccer, VP of UM Sport Club Council, member of the UM Vietnamese Student Association and the American Medical Student Association, and a writing consultant in the UM Writing Center.
To view a directory of past student interns, click here.