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DC Semester Q and A
Spencer and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Spencer O Cooper
Spring 2009

In the professional world (especially in D.C.) all about who you know and who knows you. The amount of contacts presented to us during the D.C. Semester Program directly led to me getting my first job out of college.

Brief bio:

I graduated from UGA (Go Dawgs!) in May 2009 with B.S. Environmental Health Science and will be graduating from Virginia Tech with an Executive Masters of Natural Resources, Leadership in Sustainability in 2014.  I have four years working as an environmental consultant specializing in Environmental Management Systems and Environmental Compliance. My current position consists of starting an office/branch in the D.C. Metro area with an engineering/environmental firm called Alfred Benesch & Company (www.benesch.com). Responsibilities include marketing, sales, business development, executing projects and developing and leading a company-wide sustainability program. Interests include traveling, service-learning, learning something new, enjoying time with friends, playing music and wake boarding.

Expected graduation:

May 2009

Degree objective:

B.S. Environmental Health Science

Why I went:

Wanted practical Federal internship with an Agency focused around Environmental.

Favorite spot to visit:

Founding Farmers

Most memorable day:

When I met Department of the Interior Secretary - Ken Salazar

Why I'm glad I went:

Being the primary reason for me getting my first job out of college, in my field

Where I interned:

U.S. Department of the Interior

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