Bethesda Green volunteers Ann Dorough, Karyn Miele and Rosalie Grazzini (L-R) at the March 27 Internship Fair. Photo by Ralph Smith.

Among efforts to stimulate the local economy, the inaugural Bethesda Green Fields of Green Internship Fair March 27 proved to be an exciting step in the right direction.  With more than 200 young people registered to participate and over two dozen businesses, nonprofits and academic institutions exhibiting, the day-long event hosted at the BCC Regional Services Center successfully connected scores of young people into entry-level internship positions offering experience toward landing green jobs.

Bethesda Green Volunteer Coordinator Rosalie Grazzini led the effort to organize the fair. “We were prompted by both ends of the employment spectrum, those looking for internship opportunities and those looking for interns,” said Grazzini, “The goal is to create green jobs through raising awareness and inspiring young adults and students to pursue careers in Fields of Green.”

In addition to meeting company representatives and applying for internships, attendees heard from a panel of experts — Sunshine Brosi, Frostburg State University; Amy Lindsey, Environmental Planner with Montgomery County; Anca Novacovici, Eco-Coach; Randi Steiner, Montgomery College; and Esi Waters, GreenShape — on hot new careers in Fields of Green and what qualifications are needed in the job market.

Representing Workforce Development & Continuing Education, Steve Greenfield helped promote the event to Montgomery College students.  “What a well-organized and high-spirited Fields of Green event,” wrote Greenfield in feedback.  “We really enjoyed participating and look forward to the next one.  Congratulations to Bethesda Green.  I know how much hard work went into this effort.  We feel privileged to be a participant in our community’s effort toward environmental responsibility and stewardship.”

Internship opportunities will continue to be listed online.   And Bethesda Green will track the experience of a select number of interns over the summer.  Stay tuned for a number of exciting plans for the future and the second annual Fields of Green Internship Fair next year.

The Fields of Green Internship Fair was sponsored by the Reznick Group and Perfect Settings.