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A fortnight at Student Energy

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A trip on Vancouver’s Hop-on Hop-off bus informed me of the beautiful city’s green initiatives, community gardens and commitment to local, fresh produce which immediately made me sure there couldn’t be a much better place to spend a couple of weeks interning at Student Energy. The Student Energy office is a continuation of the Vancouver streets - it may just be every millennial stereotype rolled into one awesome working environment. 

I couldn’t have picked a more exciting or busy time to join Student Energy as the countdown to the location launch of the International Student Energy Summit 2017 was reaching its finale. After briefly going over the workings of the organisation as a non-profit, I quickly got to work on the Chapter program – an initiative to get a pocket of Student Energy in every corner of the world. The scheme allows Enernerds to set up a society at their university and extend the great work that student energy does globally on a more local scale. As a member of Durham University’s pilot Chapter this year I was able to offer some personal insight into the scheme and it is very exciting to see this being launched globally later this year. It was also able to talk to some of the other pilot Chapter coordinators in Canada and Nigeria and hear their experiences in the program date which was invaluable information.

The atmosphere within Student Energy is very relaxed and yet extremely focused. The premise of The Movement and the organisation’s goals of empowering, giving knowledge, teaching skills, and instilling values to youth is at the very heart of everything they do. It is tremendously inspiring to work alongside such outwardly driven and passionate people.

Alongside my working days I have been able to see other sides of Vancouver, such as watch Shakespeare performed as part of the annual Bard on the Beach festival, stroll around the rose gardens in Stanley Park and a personal highlight – watch Finding Dory on opening night! I have also been able to sample to an eclectic and extensive mix of local artisan coffee houses, alfresco bistros and sushi restaurants which surround the office in Gastown.

My time at student Energy has really taught me three things; that Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, that a working environment does not have to be stuffy, serious and stressed to be productive and most importantly that focus, determination and a passion for what you do really do get you a long way. It has been an absolute pleasure working alongside Meredith, I am very grateful for everything I have learnt here and I am very excited to stay involved with Student Energy in the next few years and see the Chapter program develop around the world.