The Happy Accident: What has My Internship done for Me and UBB
My journey with United By Blue (UBB) started with giving Alli, our Director of Marketing, and Maggie, our Product Manager, a tour around a building on campus at Philadelphia University. Maggie and Alli were on campus at PhilaU for an internship/job fair hosted by Career Services and I am a campus tour guide. Before the event started all of the visiting employers were given a tour and it was through that random match of employer to tour guide that my opportunity with UBB was born.
Through quick introductions and small conversation I left that day feeling as if I might have just stumbled into the opportunity I had been wishing for. It had become increasingly more difficult for me to find an internship that would both interest me and further my academic studies with experience. So after a chance encounter with a sustainable apparel company that also held close to the concept of working for a social cause I knew this was an opportunity I had to pursue.
Through this lucky coincidence I have been presented with the opportunity to grow as a sustainability professional and develop on the job experience for this very new and very eclectic field. I have been able to grow myself through this internship at UBB all while learning how to develop sustainable practices throughout the business. From product sourcing to improving our packaging; even ramping up our recycling efforts and introducing composting, I have been a part of almost every way sustainability can be incorporated here at UBB.
However, luckily for me, my internship has branched further out of my sustainability realm then I had ever expected. I have, from day one, been able to see true company collaboration - through lending my additional skills to different projects to really having my opinions and ideas heard during whole office meetings. Moreover, I have seen just what a new, small business is capable of, especially in the great city of Philadelphia. And I have experienced more than ever before what a significant impact doing good and giving back can have on a neighborhood and larger community.
Since February when I first met Alli and Maggie, I have learned more about myself and the opportunities that the business world has in store for me than I could have ever anticipated. All I ever wanted out of an internship was experience in my field and a chance to prove myself. UBB has given me that and so much more. I have been given the tools to make sure I am not selling myself short in this complex and emerging field by realizing I do not have to be boxed into one particular path. All I can hope for now is to continue to grow even more and really enjoy my final month with the team!
All in all my experience this summer has been nothing short of extraordinary and let’s just say I’m happy I took that opportunity to give some extra tours with the admissions office back in February!
- Stephanie Glancey
[From National Geographic] Here are some easy tips to keep in mind while you’re enjoying our oceans this summer:
1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption
Reduce the effects of climate change on the ocean by leaving the car at home when you can and being conscious of your energy use at home and work. A few things you can do to get started today: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, take the stairs, and bundle up or use a fan to avoid oversetting your thermostat.
2. Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices
Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices. When shopping or dining out, help reduce the demand for overexploited species by choosing seafood that is both healthful and sustainable.
3. Use Fewer Plastic Products
Plastics that end up as ocean debris contribute to habitat destruction and entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year. To limit your impact, carry a reusable water bottle, store food in nondisposable containers, bring your own cloth tote or other reusable bag when shopping, and recycle whenever possible.
Whether you purchased a UBB shirt or attended a cleanup, you’ve walked away with your very own UBB keepsake-a small, blue marble. They aren’t handed out in hopes of one day you’ll have enough to start your own marble league, but these little glass beads hold a much bigger significance.
When NASA took the first picture of Earth from space, it was nicknamed the blue marble. We’ll give you 71 guesses why.
As easy as it is to take care of our little blue marble, we encourage our volunteers, customers, friends, retailers, and anyone we meet to take equal care of our big blue marble. Some volunteers may lose the marble on the ride home, others may keep it next to their computers, and we hope others pass on the message of how simple it is to care for our marble.
The Blue Marble Project was created by our ocean advisory board member and marine biologist, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols. Millions of blue marbles have been shared worldwide as homage to our blue planet. The Blue Marbles Project has set out to pass out a marble through the hands of every inhabitant on Earth.
This project has three simple rules:
1. The marble must be blue.
2. Give it to someone as a token of gratitude.
3. Share your story with the world.
Who will you give your blue marble to?