Green Intern Success Story

Spring 2012 Green Internship Success Story

All of the Spring 2012 Green Interns had tremendously rewarding experiences, but one intern, Holly Cosby, had an incredible outcome to her Green Internship!

Holly Cosby


“My Green Internship with International Paper provided me with the knowledge and skills to successfully, drastically improve the sustainability efforts of their paper bag plant in California, saving them over $12,000 annually. Through real-world experience, I was able to apply knowledge gained from relevant coursework to contribute to the company's commitment to sustainability. I am grateful for this experience provided by the Green Internship Program and the University of Memphis, and I am excited and eager to continue working for International Paper as 'Sustainability Coordinator' in Oregon following Graduation in May.”

–Holly Cosby, Graduating Class of May 2012, Environmental Studies Major


Holly with Ward         Holly with her supervisor, Ward Harker


Harker had some comments regarding Holly’s work ethic:

"The energy Holly brings in accomplishing the goals set before her by the bag group have not only aided her, but energized others to do more. She has inspired others to a new level of awareness and action by her dedication to the recycling and environmental studies in general. She has taken the steps to bring the academic theory into the reality of the practical. She has done this very well and has been a significant impact in this organization's improvement of sustainability efforts."


Holly Candid

Holly 2


Holly's remarks on the Green Internship Program

"This internship program has provided me with invaluable knowledge and experience that I will be able to carry with me throughout my life and professional career [...] My hope is that the Green Internship Program will be available to continue changing and shaping the lives of future professionals."

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