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Oregon State University senior Daniel Cespedes and Pitzer College sophomore Izzy Weisz are the Sierra Club’s 2013 Outdoor Youth Ambassadors for the Best Internship on Earth.



The Best Internship on Earth is an annual summer program blending media production with adventure and activism. From historic climate rallies and high-adrenaline outdoor adventures to student leadership gatherings and celebrity experiences in nature, these outdoor enthusiasts will have VIP access to the Sierra Club.



Daniel is a rising senior at Oregon State University, where he is studying visual storytelling. An avid videographer and photographer, Daniel is combining his interests in the natural world with film production and travel. He is also a bagpiping instructor.



Izzy is a rising junior at Pitzer College (Claremont, CA). An environmental policy major, she is passionate about the environment, social activism, outdoor adventure and inspiring youth to enjoy spending time outside. Izzy is also a soccer coach.



Daniel will utilize his skills in video production and editing, collaborating with on camera presenter Izzy and bringing us all along on the adventure. Follow along on their summer adventure at http://www.sierraclub.org/bestinternship and @SCBestIntern!

Entries by Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz

Top 5 Best Experiences From the Best Interns on Earth

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 4:46 PM

1. Seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time

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2. Camping in the city of Chicago

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3. Getting kissed by...

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And Then the Summer Ended...

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 9:59 AM

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The Best Internship on Earth is just about done, and I still find myself asking the same question I asked after my very first day on the job: is this real life?

There are so many cool parts of this internship it's...

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Service Eruption

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 11:10 AM

Have you ever heard of Lassen? Lassen Volcano? Okay, check it out...

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What: a service trip coordinate by the Sierra Club. These 16 people signed up to camp, help eradicate invasive, non-native plants from the park, and explore the area with each...

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Try Climbing a Mountain

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 5:40 PM

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When did it become the end of summer? The entire summer we've been asked where we've been and where we're going. Our spiel always ended with "backpacking in Sequoia," complete with two massive grins and hefty amounts of excitement. And now, after...

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Reverb: The New Green Sound

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 7:19 PM

Remember that time you went to Philadelphia?

We do. July 18th to be precise, for approximately 48 hours. Just enough time to attend an eco-concert. Check out the video about how to green your rock tour.


Remember that time you thought you put the ketchup lid on tight enough? But it turns out you merely rested the lid atop the container, and then someone else went to use the bottle but gave it a good shake first...

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Remember when you used to listen to the Barenaked Ladies?

I'm gonna throw it back to around 1997, dancing around the living room on a Saturday morning to, "One Week." Fast forward about 16 years, and add in Guster (in the pic below) and Ben Folds Five. Daniel and I got to groove to these '90s bands; pretty big right there, truth be told.

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Remember when you arrived two hours early and had to wait outside in Northeast heat wave?

So we showed up to the concert venue to interview the people who run the eco-village, a set of tables/tents at this concert venue and a myriad of other shows that are involved in the environmental movement. We were promptly told to come back in two hours. Needless to say we got to know the park across the street and the shaved ice vendor pretty well.

Remember when concert tours were eco-friendly?

Yeah, me neither. But this, "said no one ever," is potentially on its way to being a, "said everyone." Here's the skinny: One of the Guster band members and his wife created Reverb, this non-profit that's working to green-ify music tours and do some outreach and education, too.

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At this particular show in Philly the Sierra Club was tabling to stop illegal logging, and a local Philadelphia non-profit was promoting outdoor education while also sharing their snake, skink and turtle. Oh and their raccoon pelt and skull (see below). Reverb put on this eco-village, and also did all this cutting-edge eco stuff like couple every trash can with a recycling bin, etc.

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Remember the Lacey Act?

OK this is potentially the biggest throwback of all. The Lacey Act began in 1900 and was about protecting and preserving animals and stopping the illegal trade of them. Then a century and a few years later, circa 2008, it was amended and plants were included. With the Lacey Act, the U.S. became the first country to ban illegal trade of timber and wood products.

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So now it's also about illegal logging. Save the Amazon! So the Sierra Club has been tabling to keep it alive and to urge concert-goers to ask their Member of Congress to support strong implementation of the Lacey Act. And the whole thing is tied to these green concerts because of wooden instruments, i.e., guitars made out of illegal wood. Which must stop of course.

Want to take action to support Lacey Act? You can do so right here! Save the Amazon!

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So we tabled a bit (that's Vrinda Manglik, a volunteer with the Sierra Club's Responsible Trade program, above), filmed a bit, talked to concert goers and Reverb volunteers alike, and meandered around the cool venue that had a fabulous view of downtown Philadelphia in the distance.

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By the time the night wrapped up, we had a good sense of both what it meant to green a tour, and why Philly cheesesteaks are so popular.

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Want to know more about trade in illegally-harvested timber and other ways trade affects the environment? Click here to learn more about the Sierra Club's work to support responsible...

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Wolves Will Lick Your Face

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 4:38 PM

The penultimate trip this summer for me and Daniel can be summed up in two words: wolves rock. Still in awe, and it's been over a week since I was licked on the face by one.

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Circa August 9, 2013, we set out for...

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Outdoor Nation Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 12:14 PM

So the question is, where were YOU on July 13th? Because we were in Chicago, posted up in Hyde Park, simultaneously attending a youth leadership summit hosted by Outdoor Nation and wondering if that Starbucks on the corner was Obama's go-to back in the day.

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Sprog Blog

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 4:12 PM

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Sprog whaaa? Those were the exact words that I said on Monday, July 15, upon arriving in Bradford Woods, Ind. It was then explained to me that a "SPROG" is a summer grassroots leadership training program put on by...

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A La Solar Style

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 10:15 AM

Who knew there was such thing as a "Solar Decathlon?" Santa Clara University is definitely raising its figurative hand right now. I, on the other hand, was pretty clueless about such matters until... this Tuesday.

Turns out there's this international contest between university teams competing to create the most energy-efficient...

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Best Interns Go Monumental

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 11:46 AM

Washington, D.C. -- the land of dudes in suits, big black SUVs parked suspiciously around every corner and, incidentally, where we found ourselves last week amidst Supreme Court decisions galore.

We came to the nation's capital to catch some of Great Outdoors America Week, and ended up learning...

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The 'Best Internship on Earth' Is Back!

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 4:42 PM

The Sierra Club's "Best Internship on Earth" is back, and with some flair I might add. Some snazzy switches have been made, including the fact that there are now two "Best Interns," Daniel Cespedes and me, Izzy Weisz. Major score. A duo destined for greatness, whose videos will allow you...

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