I was born and raised in East Tennessee, about an hour south of Knoxville in a small town named Townsend. I attend Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, reading, and playing golf. I was interested in interning at a non-profit organization that does meaningful work and would provide me with an engaging experience, and Captain Planet definitely has both (I called it “Capital” Planet Foundation in my interview and somehow still found my way here). This summer, I have worked mostly with Leadership Center Director Karan Wood in a variety of capacities, including assisting with a leadership summit that showed teachers how to incorporate STEM lessons into their curriculum through environmental stewardship, reviewing applications to Captain Planet’s EcoTech grant program, and helping to improve and update grant applications and student assessments.
Favorite Internship Memory:
On the last night of a leadership conference Captain Planet Foundation hosted in late June, I joined Karan Wood and the SAGES writers for dinner down at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park before going to the Bruce Munro Light Show at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. It had been a stressful week organizing the conference, running activities, and making sure our attendees enjoyed themselves so we were happy to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
I hope to pursue a career in environmental policy, using economic incentives to promote sustainable choices and behaviors and connect people with the resources they use every day. I hope to work for an environmental think tank, advocacy group, or the federal government.
From his Direct Report, Karan Wood, Director, Educational Leadership Center:
“Captain Planet Foundation’s Leadership Center got lucky when we snagged Noah Erwin as a summer intern. Noah is a jack-of-all-trades in the best possible sense: a quick study who can hold his own in new situations, and makes valuable contributions to every project. We will miss him and wish him the best on his next adventure.”