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Meet our summer interns!

07.14.16 | Announcements

Written by Samira Hanessian, Communications and Program Intern, and Max Kazcor, Communications and Marketing Intern

Delta Institute’s internship program offers students the opportunity to work in an environmental nonprofit before they enter the workforce. This summer, we have six interns who are providing fresh perspectives – and energy – to our wide scope of projects. They’re from all over the Great Lakes region, and this summer they’re working with us to find environmentally and economically sustainable solutions to its problems. Here’s what they have to say about their experiences:


Brigid Paulson

Conservation Finance Intern
Winona, MN
Loyola University Chicago

I got involved with Delta through my university, and found that their environmental initiatives were interesting. When at work I like to use the large conference room because of its stellar views. Outside of work I like to spend my time exercising on the Lakefront Trail and experiencing everything the city has to offer, whether it be free events or just exploring the lakefront.

How co-interns describe Brigid:

Smart, 10/10 would intern with again, witty, an organizer, considerate, and driven


 Jack McCabeJack

Coal Plant Community and Workforce Development Intern
Frankfort, IL
Loyola University Chicago

At Loyola I took an ecological economics class with Delta’s Ryan Anderson and he encouraged me to apply to Delta. My favorite room in the office would have to be the large conference room, it has large impressive windows with a professional feel. My favorite place in the Great Lakes region would have to be the lakefront on Loyola’s campus. Outside of work I do modeling nitrogen in plant research at Loyola. At home, I have a wheaten terrier named April.

How co-interns describe Jack:

Persistent, outgoing, sociable, compassionate, initiator, researcher, passionate, and rational


Julissa Garcia

Social Enterprise and Workforce Development Intern
Cicero, IL
University of Illinois At Chicago (UIC)

I got involved with the Delta Institute through my scholarship organization, Crown Family Philanthropies. My favorite room in the office is the Deep Thoughts Room because it’s a great place to concentrate, it has a comfy chair, and it was recently renamed the Deep Fried Chicken Room. Buckingham Fountain is my favorite place in the Great Lakes Region. I have fond memories of watching the fountain lights at night with my family as a child. After work I’m watching Friends on Netflix (again) and spending time with my family.

How co-interns describe Julissa:

Provides great input,  determined to do her best work, takes care in the work she does, courteous, and focused.



Max Kaczor

Communications and Marketing Intern
Buffalo, New York
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York

I found Delta through a friend of a friend and landed in Chicago for the summer. The kitchen is my favorite room in the office. That’s where I keep my lunches and the occasional doughnut. My favorite place in the Great Lakes region is Tift nature preserve on Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York. I spent a lot of time there as a kid and it’s not too far from the city so it provides a good escape. In my spare time, I enjoy biking the lakefront trail, getting lost in the city, and finding new places to eat. I have one fat cat, and a crested gecko.

How co-interns describe Max:

Practical, sassy, cynical, straight-forward, diligent, and humorous


Intern Samira

Samira Hanessian

Communications and Program Intern
Chicago, IL
University of Minnesota –  Twin Cities

The Deep Fried Chicken Room is my favorite office room! No chair in the office can beat the comfy green lounger. My favorite Great Lakes location is Itasca Park along the Mississippi in Minnesota. My sophomore year I took a class trip there and learned from a native activist how long grain rice grows in the river. I will never forget crossing the iconic river rocks with my classmates. After work I enjoy cooking and going for an evening stroll. After studying a semester in Denmark, I’m experiencing more of what Chicago has to offer.

How co-interns describe Samira:

Exuberant, courteous, reliable, inventive, practical, driven, and fun


 Shreya SoodDSC_0878

Ecosystems Intern
 Buffalo, NY
University of Chicago

I first heard about the Delta Institute through the Calumet Quarter program at the University of Chicago, and not long after I was lucky enough to be selected as the UChicago Metcalf intern at Delta for this summer.  My favorite room in the office is the Large Conference Room for its prime views.  Having grown up in Buffalo, NY, I have always had the Great Lakes in my backyard.  My favorite location in the Great Lakes region would have to be the Canadian side of Niagara Falls (again, the views).  After work I enjoy wandering down alleys in the Loop, taking the L some place new, and continuing to explore the diverse neighborhoods of Chicago.

How co-interns describe Shreya:

Buffalo, energetic about the different work she’s doing here, focused, gregarious, humorous, and driven