Our Current Interns

The Office of Sustainability counts itself fortunate to have interns that are student leaders in the sustainability movement at Mason. This dynamic group helps us achieve our mission and goals and currently includes six for-credit interns, as well as five paid interns who serve as Team Leaders to numerous service learners and volunteers.

Rhys Bethke
Gardens Team Lead

Rhys is an undergraduate student at Mason majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies with a concentration in Environmental Policy & Economics. He is temporarily taking over the position of Gardens Team Leader for the Fall 2018 semester. His role is to manage the Potomac Heights Vegetable Garden, lead volunteers during gardening hours, and help plan events for the GMU Organic Gardening Association (GOGA). Outside of the Office of Sustainability, Rhys is also heavily involved on campus with student organizations such as the Vegan Society at GMU and Pride Alliance. He is also a part of the LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community. After he graduates in 2020, Rhys hopes to enter the field of sustainable food policy.

Lynsey Buraczynski
Recycling Team Lead

Lynsey Buraczynski is an MAIS graduate student in Energy and Sustainability. She is passionate about wildlife and natural parks conservation and looks forward to a career in Environmental Policy. At Mason, Lynsey promotes recycling initiatives and communicates sustainability practices with staff, faculty, and students. Additionally, she conducts waste audits to monitor recycling rates and generate solutions to increase recycling efforts on campus.

Maggie Deely
Outreach Team Lead

Maggie Deely is a sophomore Environmental science major with a concentration in conservation. Her passion is wildlife conservation, and dreams of working in the wildlife rehabilitation field one day. She believes that living a sustainable lifestyle is a great way for anyone to be involved in environmental conservation! Maggie is thrilled to be able to spread environmental awareness at GMU as the outreach intern. Maggie is an active member of Alpha Kappa Chi (GMU’s Co-ed Professional Environmental Fraternity) and is the 2018-2019 Secretary of Green Patriots.

Amanda Taglieri
Transportation Team Lead

Amanda Taglieri is majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Computational Data Science. She has always loved spending time outside gardening and exploring but first became interested in environmental science after being introduced to the red deserts and canyons of Nevada, all beautifully protected landscapes. She is happy to promote green living at the Office of Sustainability where she works alongside Parking and Transportation to encourage alternative modes of transit such as biking, carpooling, and shuttle programs. On campus, Amanda tutors at the Writing Center and is in Green Patriots as well as STEAM Undergraduates for Renewable Energy.

Alexandra Williams
Team Lead

Alexandra is majoring in Integrative Studies with a Concentration in Applied Global Conservation and minoring in Conservation Biology. Her interest in conservation began in the Dominican Republic, where she and a group of other high school students worked on a conservation campus to build pathways and keep invasive species at bay. She chose the Integrative Studies B.S. because it combined the science aspect of conservation with the importance of social identities and activism.

For the 2017-2018 year, she is President of the GMU Organic Gardening Association and Secretary for Real Food Advocates. Because of her involvement in sustainability on campus, she also wishes to minor in Sustainability Studies. After she graduates, she hopes to study in Germany and start sustainability initiatives in developing countries.

Interested in a paid internship?

If you are a student interested in a paid internship, please feel free to contact us at gogreen@gmu.edu for more information. However, we highly encourage interested students to invest time in volunteering and/or working in a for-credit capacity first. This allows us to get to know the student’s strengths and abilities, and these students are the first to know about paid opportunities within the Office.