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Summer Lanier, an environmental studies major, is a first-generation college student and a member of the Class of 2022. During her time at Carolina, she has had multiple opportunities through the Institute for the Environment to enhance her educational experience.

In 2019, she received a scholarship to travel to South Korea, China, and Hong Kong to study clean technology. In 2021, she was awarded a paid summer internship at a solar company in Durham, NC.

Thanks to the generous support of donors, the Institute for the Environment can connect students like Summer with hands-on experiences in the environmental sector regardless of their financial ability to afford these experiences. These internships level the playing field so a student can gain valuable work experience in their chosen field while also earning a living. These internship opportunities are also invaluable when students begin their job searches after college.

In February 2022, Summer was offered and accepted a position as an energy storage analyst for a solar storage company in Illinois. Her experiences through study-abroad and her internship no doubt played a role in her securing a job in her chosen field before graduation.

The programs that the IE manages allows students the opportunity to secure an education both inside the classroom and outside the classroom. Both experiences are equally important in leveling the playing field for Carolina’s need-based students.

This internship has completely changed the trajectory for my
future career and life.
– Summer Lanier


Program Cost: You can help students like Summer by funding an expendable gift for a five-year period or annually through the creation of an endowment which will exist in perpetuity. Each option can be paid over a five-year period.

$125,000 expendable gift – Provide five undergraduate students with a summer environmental internship opportunity every year for five years. This opportunity is payable over 5 years.

$500,000 endowment gift – Support five undergraduate student internships each summer in perpetuity. This endowment fund can be named the Ella Ann L. and Frank B. Holding Foundation Summer Research Program.