Jack Pieper

Intern name: Jack Pieper

Major(s)/Minor(s): Environmental Studies major 

Title/place of internship/fellowship, etc.: Climate Justice Intern for MN350

How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.? I previously volunteered for the organization the semester before I applied to be a Jackson Fellow. 

What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.? My responsibilities were as follows:
• attend all intern meetings
• attend all team meetings
• write blog posts for upcoming events / issues
• participate in climate organizing with various projects
• write a factbook in Line 3 facts
• educate myself 

What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience? I think the most beneficial experience was participating in a lawn sign project, distributing #stopline3 lawn signs, and seeing them in peoples yards around the metro area. 

What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.? I was most surprised by the diversity of climate organizers in Minnesota, along with the level of commitment and dedication the staff/volunteers have for the organization.

How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future? I can apply it to this new digitalized society where my technology skills can be significantly applied. I also think I can apply it to my growing in journalism career and writing for future newspapers/journals.

What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience? Education will never be as expensive as ignorance. Take that into your internship and educate yourself as much as you can.