Past Interns and Visiting Scholars

Corinna Altenburg Corinna Altenburg is a PhD student at the University of Potsdam, Germany and is currently a visiting researcher at TIE. In 2011 she began her PhD, entitled “Towards low-carbon and resilient cities: the nexus between governance, energy and lifestyles.” Part of the thesis entails the comparison of the metro regions of Berlin and Boston.Before coming to Tufts, Corinna was a research fellow at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, where she was mainly involved with management and analysis of urban energy consumption research, various stakeholder dialogues and consultancy on local climate action plans.She holds an MA in Environmental Management from the Freie Universität Berlin and a BA in European Studies from Technical University Chemnitz and Jagiollonska University Krakow, Poland. She has volunteered and interned in various environmental non-profit organizations and research institutes in India, Mongolia, France, Poland, and Scotland and speaks German, English and Polish.
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Brynna Bolger is a former intern at TIE and a Tufts graduate. She is a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies. Brynna is interested in pursuing a career in wildlife ecology and conservation. She has previously worked at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge as a natural resources intern. At TIE, she does research for projects associated with TIE and helps maintain records of work done by past and current TIE and WSSS students.
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Caroline Incledon is a former intern at TIE and a Tufts graduate. She is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Mass Communications and Media Studies. She has previously worked with international NGOs such as Global Policy Forum and Club de Madrid, and became interested in issues of sustainability while working on issues of responsible investment in higher education. At TIE, she works on social media and various communications projects.
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Katie Walsh headshot Katie Walsh is a dual degree master’s student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Urban & Environmental Planning and Policy School. She is interested in sustainable cities, clean energy and energy efficiency. In the summer of 2011, Katie interned at the U.S. Department of Energy working on U.S. – China energy partnerships. Prior to graduate school, Katie coordinated the National Security Education Program’s Chinese Flagship Initiative at San Francisco State University and the World Affairs Council’s Education Program. In addition to various research assignments, Katie primarily works on organizing the Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute.
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Brienne Brienne Cignarella is a former Master’s student in the Department of Classics. She is interested in the social history of women and gender studies in antiquity, especially as it appears in Greek archaeology and literature. Alongside her work at TIE, she is involved in teaching ancient history as well as promoting the fine arts in the Boston area through an emerging art review.
 Ayesha Dinshaw Ayesha Dinshaw is a graduate of Tufts, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP, ’11).Role at TIE: worked on the Climate Change Climate Justice Initiative and TELI
Current Job: Intern for the Vulnerability and Adaptation Initiative at the World Resources Institute. “At WRI, I’m working on a research project intended to shed light on what information decision makers in South Asia really need in order to adapt to climate change… My work at TIE helped me stay aware of what was happening in the world outside of my academic bubble. It exposed me to a range of other issues, which are all interconnected in the environmental field. It also helped me to be comfortable reaching out to people I don’t work with on a regular basis and organizing events.”
 Sarabeth Buckley Sarabeth Buckley is a graduate of Tufts, with B.S. in Biology, Environmental Science, and English (’12). She is currently a research assistant at Boston University.
 kiersten intern pic 2 Kiersten von Trapp is a graduate of Tufts, M.A., Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP, ’10). She is currently a Research Analyst at NMR Group, Inc. in Boston, MA.
 Kavitha Krishnan Kavitha Krishnan is a Tufts graduate, with M.S. in Engineering Management (’11). She is a former website development intern at TIE, and is currently a User Experience Designer at RSA, The Security Division of EMC in Boston, MA.
 Sarah Yoss intern pic Sarah Yoss is a former TIE intern, and currently works as a Peace Corps Community Health Volunteer in Yanama, Ancash, Peru.


 Jessica Soule Jessica Soule is a Tufts graduate, M.A. Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP, ’10).Role at TIE: Coordinator for Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute (TELI)

Current Job: National Program Director for the EnvironMentors Program at the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). “At its heart, EnvironMentors is about increasing environmental stewardship and literacy among youth. To make that happen, the program relies on dedicated individuals at university campuses across the country. My time assisting with the Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute (TELI) really taught me that these dedicated individuals exist! There are strong environmental advocates in disciplines across any university, and they can do amazing things when brought together and supported.”

Dallase Scott is a Tufts graduate, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) and Environmental Education and Communication (’10).Role at TIE: Graduate Research Intern at TIE and at the Office of Sustainability
Current Job: Sustainability Program Manager at GreenerU. “GreenerU is a company that works with colleges and universities to help them achieve their sustainability goals. We do this both on the infrastructure projects, such as lighting efficiency and retrocommissionaire projects as well as on the human behavior side. My role in the company is on the human behavior side. I work with students, faculty, and staff providing training, facilitation, communication, strategic planning, and program development all with the goal of increasing pro-environmental behaviors.”“I would not be doing what I am doing today if it was not for the support of TIE and the Office of Sustainability. In my role at TIE I was able to do the important research on human behavior change in the field of sustainability that I still use today. Plus, my experience in teaching a course I designed for the Experimental College at Tufts – Environmental Action, Shifting From Saying to Doing, allowed me to test my theory, implement my research, and develop a love for working with college age students.”