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Political Science alumni and students intern with the Office of Sustainability this summer

Posted by: Erin Blevins | July 18, 2014 | No Comment |

Some political science students have taken an interest in careers in the area of sustainability, exploring their options through internships across the Lowcountry. Three political science majors and three recent political science graduates are interning right here at the College of Charleston’s Office of Sustainability this summer.

KENDALL AXT, Sustainability Intern

Kendall AXTKendall graduated from the College of Charleston this past May with a major in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies. From a young age she loved nature and animals, but first got introduced to the concept of sustainability when she attended a small high school in the Bahamas that focused on marine conservation and sustainable living. She is extremely passionate about sustainable agriculture and has worked on organic farms in Costa Rica and South Africa. Her work at the office focuses on food issues, and she hopes to help educate the Charleston community about where their food comes from, as well as what practices are being used to produce it.

DAN CARNEY, Volunteer Intern

DanCarneyDan Carney is currently a senior at the College double majoring in Political Science and International Studies. Originally from Winthrop, Massachusetts Dan graduated in 2010 from Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, RI. Dan recently returned from Havana, Cuba where he spent time studying Political Science courses and gaining a deeper cultural understanding of the nation. Dan is excited to return to the States and work with the Office of Sustainability this summer.

OLIVIA COHEN, Media Coordinator

OliviaCohenOlivia Cohen is a rising junior from Columbus, GA. For the past year, she has worked with the Office as a communications intern, assisting with social media and building the Office’s online presence. In addition, she is an editor for Synergies, a regional sustainability publication sponsored by the Office of Sustainability. A double major inĀ  Political Science and International Studies, Olivia hopes to pursue a career in international development and sometimes hopes to open a bakery.


LEXA KEANE, Sustainability Fellow

LexaKeaneLexa is a recent graduate from the College with a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies. She has spent time performing research and working in developing nations, as well as in the Charleston area with marginalized communities on natural resource management among subsistence and capitalist economies. These experiences sparked a deep commitment to continue down the path of social and environmental sustainability initiatives. Lexa is particularly interested in sustainable agriculture, water resources, community development, subsistence economies, and fostering sustainable relationships.


KEEGAN SMITH, Sustainability Intern

Keegan SmithKeegan Smith is entering his second year at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in Atlanta as an MPA student, and is concentrating his studies around public finance. Having graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in Political Science and a Geography minor, Keegan is thrilled to have the opportunity to come back to the College of Charleston and work with the Office of Sustainability. The former CofC Quidditch Captain, during his spare time Keegan loves reading, running, and going to concerts.


VIRGINIA WHORLEY, Sustainability Intern

VirginiaVirginia is originally from Charlottesville, VA and is a rising senior here at the college. While majoring in political science, she is also working towards a minor in biology and a minor in environmental studies with hopes to attend graduate school for Global Environmental Policy. Virginia is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta at the Zeta Lambda chapter and loves being involved on campus! She has worked with the Office of Sustainability since January 2014 on the sustainable greek chair initiative. She is very excited to continue work on the greek chair initiative and help out with new student orientation this summer!

Information reposted from the Office of Sustainability’s website

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