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  1. 1. Autumn Brunelle graduated from Cass Lake-Bena Highschool in Cass Lake, MN as valedictorian. At Cass Lake-Bena, she was the captain of the volleyball, basketball, and softball team. She was also the first chair alto saxophone in her band, was on the speech team, and was the president of her graduating class, president of the National Honor Society, a student representative on the Cass Lake-Bena school board, and president of student council. Autumn broke numerous school records on her softball team including: academic all-state, and most strike-outs pitched in a season and a career. At Dartmouth, Autumn plans to major in Environmental Studies with a minor in Native American Studies. She is currently assisting her professor with research on climate change. She plays intramural sports, a member of the Dartmouth College Marching Band, as well as Kappa Delta Sorority. After graduating, Autumn hopes to attend graduate school for conservation. Autumn was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a Spring 2014 Internship, with generous support from the John French Memorial Internship Fund. Executive Summary from Autumn’s final report: The Center for Environmental Leadership (CELT), is a non-profit organization and educational branch of the Climate Institute. CELT’s mission is to provide solutions for those affected by climate change, specifically indigenous coastal communities. As the spring 2014 Outreach Coordinator, my role was to bring awareness to climate issues that indigenous coastal communities are facing today, and to recruit both Dartmouth students and Native American students to CELT. While in this position, I held numerous luncheons and informational sessions for Native American students at Dartmouth, as well as for the general Dartmouth community. The largest event that I held was an informational session that included the latest updates from the Climate Institute and CELT, and our plan to establish connections between Tuck Business School, Thayer Engineering School, Dartmouth [JOHN FRENCH MEMORIAL FUND PUBLIC POLICY INTERN PROFILE] “This new knowledge, sense of purpose and dedication have motivated me to consider a career in law and ensure that I am always trying to grow personally and better the world around me.”
  2. 2. College, and Tribal colleges across the country. This event also included talks from CELT fellows regarding their research around the world on indigenous coastal communities and climate change, and a talk from the president of CELT and the Climate Institute: John Topping Jr. Aside from holding events, I also was given the opportunity to participate in the Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group in Boulder, Colorado. While at this conference, I was able to promote CELT’s idea of partnering with tribal colleges, and I was able to listen to first- hand experience from indigenous communities most affected by climate change. As a follow-up to this conference, I wrote a blog post for the home page of the Climate Institute, and created numerous video clips of indigenous leaders with the hopes of creating a short film that will be used to fund projects for indigenous communities struggling with impacts of climate change. This internship helped me to understand the inner workings of a non-profit, which is important to my professional career goals. I have always been interested in the concepts of non-profit organizations, however, I had never been involved with one. Working for CELT, I was very much exposed to the triumphs and tribulations of working for a non-profit organization. I now better understand how a non-profit can impact the world. This also helped me to have better judgment on where I want to go with my professional work. I would love to thank the Rockefeller Center for the opportunity to participate in such an internship and I would like to thank the John French Memorial internship as well as the members of the Class of 1930 and the friends and family of Mr. John French for supporting my internship opportunity. Without that help, I would not have been able to participate in the CELT internship and I would have missed out on extremely valuable skills and lessons that I obtained through the internship. Autumn and Dr. Dan Wildcat after the Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group conference in Boulder, Colorado.