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CAS student selected as Dept. of Energy Ambassador

TAMPA, Fla. -- If you’re interested in an internship or job opportunity with the U.S. Department of Energy, you need look no further than University of South Florida student Stephanie Martell.

Martell, an environmental science major minoring in anthropology, was selected to serve as a Department of Energy (DOE) Student Ambassador for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The program is part of the DOE’s efforts to expand their presence on U.S. college and university campuses and connect student jobseekers with DOE job and internship opportunities.

Martell will be networking across the USF campus during the year, reaching out to students and making herself a resource for those interested in career opportunities.

“Most students think the DOE is only for science and engineer majors and that’s not true,” Martell said. “They look for most majors. One group they usually don’t get is business majors but they need them, too. They need to save money and they have budgets. They want the best and the brightest and they want them working for the department.”

This year, only eight students representing schools nationwide were selected for the ambassador program.

As an ambassador, Martell will serve as an on-campus resource for DOE job and internship information, providing tips on where to find and how to land DOE positions. She will conduct presentations and workshops and collaborate with campus career services representatives and faculty members.

“There is no better place to work on critical issues that affect our country on a grand scale than the federal government,” said Amanda Davis, the Partnership’s Ambassadors program manager. “The Energy Ambassadors are on campuses now, helping classmates find jobs where they can make a difference working on a wide range of energy issues.”

Martell landed the ambassador position after completing a 10-week internship this past summer with the DOE Scholars Program. She wants students to know they can contact her at if they have any questions.

“A big part of it is that I want students to know these positions are available,” Martell said. “I had no idea. I just kind of stumbled upon it.”


Filed under:Arts and Sciences Student Success Geography, Environment, and Planning Anthropology  
Author: Daylina Miller