October 2020 – July 2021
Luke Miller has been an SCCF environmental policy intern since October 2020. Originally from New Jersey, he graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature and business. He came to SCCF following three years working in the global foreign exchange markets.
“I decided to switch career paths to focus more on conservation and policy, and my internship with the policy team at SCCF has been a perfect way to work with experienced professionals in the policy field and learn the fundamentals of the industry,” Miller said. “Throughout my internship, I have written articles about Florida policy issues that intend to make complicated policy matters accessible to our whole community. I have also worked to plan and execute Action Alerts to urge our elected officials to support environmentally friendly policies and oppose harmful ones.”
Miller said he has learned about significant issues on the environmental front during the past seven months and how environmental policies are designed and implemented. “During Florida’s two-month legislative session, it was great to be able to work with the SCCF policy team to learn how bills progress through the legislative system,” he said. “I’ve also been able to learn about issues such as climate change, renewable energy, and sea level rise through my work on various related projects on these topics.”
Miller departs in mid-July and will be studying environmental policy at Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs in the fall. “My time with SCCF will be extremely helpful as I continue to pursue my interests in the field of policy. The real-world experience I’ve gained by covering Florida policy issues over the course of my internship will be invaluable as I learn more about policy design, implementation, and issues,” he said.