Sean Treacy interned in Guatemala, honing his foreign language and business skills. #


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Sean Treacy '17

Boulder, Colorado

Majors in Environmental Studies and Spanish

Sean brought sources of clean energy and cooking stoves to rural Guatemalans with an in-depth internship.

Sean Treacy interned in Guatemala, honing his foreign language and business skills.

Describe your experience.

My internship was an immersive, hands-on internship with two primary components. The first was implementation support for a project to improve access to clean, efficient cook stoves for rural Guatemalans living in extreme poverty. The internship included a three-week in-residence placement with a start-up implementor called Estufas Energy (Energy Stoves), where I had a working relationship with company leadership, providing design, marketing, and social media support.

The second component of the internship consisted of my involvement in a project on solar energy implementation, where I assisted with the installation of solar panels in rural communities. This provided access to clean energy that gave light and pumped water into homes in areas where the conventional electrical grid did not provide consistent service.

How did Knox help you prepare for this opportunity?

Knox helped me prepare for this opportunity through my environmental studies and Spanish majors and my study abroad experience in Argentina. This combination gave me the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective intern in a Spanish foreign language work environment.

In the future, I would like to work with organizations focused on health, education, equality, livelihood and environmental improvement, and poverty reduction in Latin America. Both my Knox education and internship experience relate directly to that goal.

What are some takeaways from your experience?

Some main takeaways include a greater understanding of the real state of our world and the conditions in which so many people have to live, and the means we have at our disposal to help alleviate these stresses on our fellow humans and on the world as a whole.

This experience has given me a better understanding of my own privilege and quality of life in relation to so many others, an inspiration to work towards enabling others to have access to the same opportunities that I have been privy to and to ultimately make the world a better, cleaner, healthier, and happier place.

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