Eleanor Krause was a Graduate Scholar in 2015 when she interned for the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) U.S. Climate Program.

Where are you from?
Bloomington, Indiana.

Where did you go to school? What did you study?

I was an undergraduate at the University of Vermont, receiving a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Environmental Studies. When I was a Foundation scholar, I was pursuing my graduate studies at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and received a Master of Public Administration.

What was the best part of your internship?

It was inspiring to work in such close proximity with the passionate and intelligent interns and staff at WRI. I learned more than I could have ever imagined not only about the specifics of climate and energy economics, but also about environmental policy research and analysis in general while working alongside such a dedicated group of individuals.

What lessons did you learn that you would like to pass on to future interns? 

Be open to new experiences and ideas. Working at WRI exposed me to so many new policy topics, problems, and solutions that have redirected my professional aspirations and made clear to me how many important perspectives are worth considering in the policy-making process.

What are you doing now?

I am a research assistant at the Brookings Institution’s Economic Studies Department. Specifically, I work with the Center on Children and Families, which focuses on domestic poverty, income inequality and economic mobility.

What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?

I would love to continue pursuing research and policy analysis that considers the economic implications of climate and energy policy on America’s rural and low-income communities.

What is your favorite book and what are you reading now?

I enjoy books of the fantastical fiction and social commentary genres. I have been on quite the Neil Gaiman kick these days, but Tom Robbins and Kurt Vonnegut will forever be my favorite authors. If only they would write a few more books!

Tell us a fun fact!

I have spent more than half my life rock climbing and have now climbed in 17 U.S. states and multiple countries. If the economy goes south again, I’ve always got my tent, a harness, and a rope to keep me entertained.

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