Allison Reser worked at the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado from 2016-2017. Alliance is a nonprofit in Downtown Denver who’s mission is to transform sustainability from vision to reality. She started working with Alliance as a Program Assistant Intern involved with events that engage industry professionals, interested citizens, and elected officials in sustainability. Allison turned her Programs Internship into the role of Tenant & Visitor Services Coordinator, where she serviced events, collected and analyzed event metrics, managed the Statewide Sustainability Calendar and created a positive culture and community through programming activities. Alliance is a very vibrant and collaborative work space and Allison enjoyed her time there.
What led you to a natural resources education/career?
I've grew up loving and caring for nature. We watched An Inconvenient Truth in middle school science class, and that was the first time I thought about all the beautiful natural placed that I love being threatened. I have an aunt who used to work for the EPA, and she was the one who first introduced the word, "Sustainability," to me. I've known since then that I wanted to work in that realm.
What do you identify as your 'big break?'
My biggest break was definitely when my 4 month unpaid internship turned into a job offer.
What are you up to now in your job? Any noteworthy projects to discuss?
We just closed a survey asking our tenants about the community programming that I work on. I am in the process of developing a "connections plan" based on the results of that survey, which will make our community events more intentional. We also are celebrating the success that 205 bikers stopped by our Bike to Work Day Breakfast Station.
Can you reflect on your time and experiences at CSU and how it benefited you?
I miss being an ESS student so much! I have really fond memories of getting to know the students and professors really well because of our small class size.
How did CSU set you up for success in your career field?
It was so hard to find a job in the sustainability field, and it would have been impossible to find a job without a bachelors degree.
What advice do you have for current students or recent grads?
My advice for current students or recent grads is that it is never too early to start looking for a job. I started looking for a job after I graduated and it took me 6 months before I got an offer. It was failure after failure after failure. As someone who found success in school very achievable, the 6 months of failure was one of the most difficult and challenging times I've been through. As soon as you graduate, many of your support systems drop away. So, if you can start seriously looking for a career while you are still a student, you can rely on the resources and support all around you.