350Marin Internship Program
|Natale and other 350Marin interns lead a 2019 youth panel on climate|
If you’re high school or college age, consider checking out our program for the 2022-2023 school year. Interning with 350Marin can be an exciting chance to learn how activists work to make change happen while positively affecting one of the most important issues of our time!
Past Internship History
Our internship program allowed us to welcome youth from College of Marin, Marin School of Environment Leadership, Sir Francis Drake High School, and the Marin Academy. Some of our interns have become involved directly in activist actions and have provided a liason with the Sunrise Movement Marin Hub, while others worked on special projects and/or supported other 350Marin organizing efforts. Our former interns had different experiences depending on their focus and areas of interest within climate change activism. Our flexible structure allows us to tailor the internship on both the needs of our organization and the profile of the student. Below are pictures of some of our former interns along with what they have to say about their interests and their experience interning with 350Marin.
In 2020-2021, 350Marin’s Youth Internship program worked with Tucker Vorhees (Marin School of Environmental Leadership), Brianna Flores (Archie Miller HS) and Nate Wolford (Archie Miller HS) with the aim of creating a game that would be fun and informative about the Green New Deal (GND) With master programmer Kelly Jones, we met weekly to develop the game, which you can see and play today at https://www.350Marin.org/GNDgame.html! We created the questions and found the images to use that illustrated the questions, which was an excellent way to familiarize ourselves with the concerns of climate change and how the Green New Deal could help us move towards a future that was more promising.
Hey! My name is Anya Godfrey. I am a sophomore at Tam who is extremely interested in bettering the environment. I was personally impacted by the California wildfires in 2020 and it was a wake up call for me. Since then, I have gotten involved with various environmental clubs and groups. I got involved with 350 Marin to make a real difference, and it did just that. During this internship, we took a deep dive into different 350 campaigns and I learned things I had never even heard about. For example, Divest and Invest taught me a tremendous amount about large banking corporations and their effects on the environment. I submitted public comments during City Council meetings advocating for Reusable Foodware Ordinance and Electrification Reach Codes. I spoke with elected officials about 24/7 sustainable energy and how we can get there. The amount of gratification I felt after really making a difference is inexplicable. This internship has broadened my view on what making a difference really is, and I am so grateful to have been a part of it. I hope to come back in the fall!
Katherine Ritter is a rising second-year student at the University of Chicago studying Environmental Science and Business Economics. A California native, Katherine has firsthand witnessed dramatic changes in the frequency and intensity of our wildfire seasons during her lifetime. As climate change continues to escalate, infiltrating our communities’ public health and safety as well as destroying our surrounding environment, she feels called to involve herself in the struggle for environmental protection and restoration. This summer with 350Marin, she is excited to work alongside the Fairfax and San Anselmo Climate Action Committees, and make use of a growing, working knowledge of local government and policies as means to better inform her own climate activism.
My name is Eleanor Huang. I am a member of Terra Linda High School’s graduating class of 2020, and a student in the Marin School of Environmental Leadership. When I’m not at school, work, or orchestra, I like to spend my free time artistically, like painting or making earrings. I wanted to be a 350 Marin intern because I am passionate about youth advocacy. I believe 350 Marin’s style of grass-roots activism in youth leadership is the spirit the world needs to conquer the climate crisis. During my time as an intern, I gained a new perspective on climate activism, met other students determined to protect the earth, and learned how to use zoom video calls. I’m forever grateful for the experience! Next year, I will be a Philosophy major in the Honors College of Letters & Science at UC Santa Barbara.
My name is Natale and I am going into my senior year at Humboldt State University, majoring in Environmental Science with an emphasis in ecological restoration. This summer and the next I will be working as an intern soil conservationist with NRCS. I was part of the first year of interns with 350Marin, and it was such a good learning experience. I got to plan events, attend community meetings, give input into our campaigns, and learn from the tight-knit, caring group of adults that make up 350Marin. I’m so excited to see how 350Marin will continue to grow and inspire!
Hi! My name is Brianna Flores. I am a senior at High School 1327, previously known as Sir Francis Drake High School. My interest in environmental science and social justice pushed me to join a community at my school named SEA-DISC, which stands for Studies of the Environment Academy – Drake Integrated Studies Curricula. It is through SEA-DISC that I became aware of 350 Marin, and their work sparked an interest in me, especially with this game as I am also interested in computer science. I am still not sure what college I will be attending in the fall, but I know I want to focus on a science related major, which is why I applied for biochemistry programs.
Hi! My name is Tindi Musyoki and I am a junior at Tamalpais High School. As a young Californian I have always known about the issues of climate change, but never learned how to address them. My time interning with 350 Marin has had a huge impact on how I understand particular climate issues and how to properly address them. I have been able to delve deeply into the intricate world of climate change thanks to this opportunity, learning a lot and developing valuable insights. I gained knowledge on how to promote change and sway decision-makers through interaction with professionals and activists. I have a platform thanks to the internship to speak up and offer suggestions to local officials.Witnessing the strength of group effort and the great results we could produce together was incredibly encouraging. Thanks to this internship, I have gained new knowledge and have a strong desire to promote environmental causes.
Hey! I am Sylvie May, a senior at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, and a high school intern for 350 Marin! Growing up in California, I have witnessed first hand how climate change has degraded ecosystems, and infiltrated communities’ at an alarming rate. Compelled to make a difference, I searched for a local organization that was taking action to avert the climate crisis, which led me to 350 Marin!
Through my time with 350 Marin, I have attended steering committee and building electrification meetings, to gain a stronger understanding of how grassroots organizations operate. I also have gained insight into the several different local efforts that are minimizing the effects of climate change, as well as each campaign 350 Marin is working on. 350 Marin has put me in touch with members of Mill Valley’s Climate Action Plan Task Force and I am currently working with them to help implement Mill Valley’s new Climate Action Plan and encourage Mill Valley City Council to adopt Marin County’s building electrification reach codes.
350 Marin has given me the tools to become a strong climate change advocate, a skill I hope to utilize as I continue to fight for climate change. Even once my internship ends I plan to continue fighting to see local change and empowering my peers to do the same.
My name is Niklas Alexander Ugalde Recarte and I am a second year student at College of Marin. After graduating with an A.A. in Social Sciences this spring, I will be pursuing a B.A. in Environmental Studies for the coming two years. During my time at College of Marin, I have become increasingly active in environmental initiatives such as launching a recycling program on campus. Through my environmental engagement, I learned about 350 Marin and their shared mission to fight for environmental sustainability. With a vision to divest my college from fossil fuels, I decided to work as an intern for 350 Marin and find support in their expertise on sustainable investments. The team’s guidance not only helped me learn about divestment but pushed me to move beyond my expectations. I learned to analyze my College‘s investment holdings, and formulate a thesis on the ecological and financial risks of investing in fossil fuels. In the end, through 350 Marin’s continual support, I was able to gain my college president’s commitment to divest a six-million-dollar fund from fossil fuels. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I received to work with inspiring personalities at 350 Marin.
I am 17 years old and a current senior at Sir Francis Drake High School. I play softball and field hockey at my school and spend most of my free time combating climate change, volunteering in my community, and maintaining my school garden. I love to take hikes in nature and create films.