My Internship: Building Community Around Sustainable Transportation Alternatives

Karly Trinite ’13, Environmental Studies, is the Sustainability Outreach Intern in UMBC Off-Campus Student Services

Karly Trinite 2Before I applied for my internship with UMBC Off-Campus Student Services, I knew it was right for me. My passion throughout college was always taking the information I learned as an environmental studies student and sharing and applying it beyond the walls of my classes. Through collaborations with Tanvi Gadhia, UMBC’s Sustainability Coordinator, Ryan Williams from International Education Services, and student leaders Patrick Hixenbaugh, David Wecht, and Jack Neumeirer, I was able to put on some very fun and informative events for my fellow students that helped bring the UMBC  community together around sustainable transportation alternatives.

Events like “Being Green Off Campus” allowed students to learn about more sustainable lifestyle choices, and to develop and share their own visions for the future of the UMBC commuter community. Those visions influenced leaders of campus departments and student leaders, and fueled new attention to campus policies and practices affecting commuters. Student input and organizing fueled the creation of Retrieverfleet, UMBC’s new bike share program, as well as UMBC’s student-conceived, student-led Community Garden initiative.

At first, my internship seemed daunting because nobody wants to host an event that doesn’t attract participants and inspire new thinking and action. However, I quickly realized that this was a learning experience that allowed me to make a difference in the UMBC community that has given me so much. In the future, I hope to continue promoting sustainability as an activist and science teacher in high-needs schools. This internship has helped me prepare me for a career in which I will need to be able to make my voice heard and to hear, and elevate, others’ voices.

Contact the author, Karly Trinite, at karl2@umbc.edu.

Innovation Generation: Learning through Practice (videos)

Kerry Kidwell-Slak is assistant director of professional practice at UMBC’s Shriver Center.

Joshua Kurikeshu '12, IS and Visual Arts (Project Lead Intern, General Electric)While many UMBC students make their mark on campus, others choose to take their commitment to change into environments from Baltimore City to the wilds of Alaskan forests. Many of our students find these experiences by taking advantage of UMBC’s award-winning internship, co-op and research programs, offered through the Shriver Center.

These experiences encourage students to develop leadership skills, explore potential career paths and make connections with diverse professionals already working in the field. Further, these students have a tangible impact on their organizations and causes that matter to them. They lead children in community service projects, develop marketing campaigns, research how to cure diseases, and reinforce critical cybersecurity protocols.

Check out these videos from Summer 2012 interns Paulette Mensah ’12, Health Administration and Policy, and Molissa Udevitz ’15, Environmental Studies and Dance, who share their experiences and the impact they’ve made on the world.


Paulette and Molissa are just two of the 700 UMBC students who enrolled in the Shriver Center’s internship, co-op and research practica this summer. See UMBC’s web feature profiling 2012 summer interns to learn more.

Contact the author, Kerry Kidwell-Slak, at kerryk@umbc.edu.

Social Entrepreneurship @ UMBC

Vivian Armor is Director of the Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship at UMBC. Amy Froide is associate professor of History at UMBC and a faculty fellow of the Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship.

Social entrepreneurship has been a key component of our entrepreneurial initiatives since the founding of the Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship in 2000. Social entrepreneurs are pioneers of innovation that benefit humanity.  A social entrepreneur is someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to create and implement social change.

We are very excited that last year the university established a new minor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. The minor is for students in all fields and disciplines, including the arts, social justice work, policy, and activism. Students enrolling in the minor must take two core courses, one of which can be  POLI/AMST/SOCI 205, “Civic Agency and Social Entrepreneurship.” This course has been co-taught by Delana Gregg and David Hoffman for the last four years and is always filled to capacity.

Students can go on to study social entrepreneurship in other courses as well. For example, Professor Amy Froide regularly teaches a seminar on “Entrepreneurs in 18th-century London, England.” In this course, History students research and write papers using original historical documents. One of the students in the course, [Read more…]