Niles Brown ’20 has gotten in on the ground floor of a construction project as part of his summer internship with Gateway Dental Exchange in Atlanta, Ga.
As a sustainability coordinator and advisory intern for the company, he has met with suppliers to discuss environmentally sustainable products and services pertaining to the building plans. He has also visited the construction site itself to determine where sustainable equipment (such as low flow toilets and automatic lights) can be installed and to identify other ways the company can save money and resources on the project.
“I wanted to do this internship because it gave me a chance to apply the knowledge I’ve gained in my environmental classes and use them in a way that will help people,” Brown said. “That’s something I’ve always been focused on doing—helping people and making the world a better place in whatever way I can.”
Brown has also learned about the individual details and overall process of creating a new building and business.
“I’ve learned that in a good team, everyone’s ideas and opinions are valid and teamwork makes everything go by that much faster,” Brown said. “Also, the classes I’ve taken, such as Quantitative Methods with professor [Karin] Warren, came in handy when looking up certain numbers and how much certain resources will be used.”
After receiving a degree in environmental studies from Randolph, Brown plans to earn a master’s degree in environmental design or enter the workforce as a sustainability coordinator or designer. He has also considered becoming a business owner himself.
“This internship has helped me get some experience I can use when looking for jobs, but it’s also helped me understand business practices if and when I create my own business,” he said.