We’re pretty lucky to live and work in Columbus. A stable economy, an emerging tech / startup scene and a thriving entrepreneurial culture have produced a wealth of talented young professionals. Brain drain does not exist in Columbus.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 When we put out a call for an internship position at CivitasNow, we received roughly 30 submissions from promising college students all across Central Ohio. One candidate stood out for her experience in sustainability practices and civic leadership efforts and made perfect sense to join our crew. We’d like to welcome Allie Misch to CivitasNow, as we’re thrilled to have her on the team!

1. Where do you attend college and what is your major?

I am a second year at The Ohio State University majoring in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability.

2. Where do you call home?

Home for me is a small farm community in Nowheresville, Ohio- also known as Marshallville. Population: 756.

3. Why did you apply to work with CivitasNow?

After meeting the gentlemen of CivitasNow, I became captivated by the unique mission of the company. The next day, I checked out their website, read some blog posts, and essentially stalked their social media to find out that our genuine work ethic and passion for sustainability aligned. I decided even before the internship opportunity aroused that someday I wanted to work with CivitasNow. Common goodwill in both social and environmental aspects is very important to me in searching for a company to devote my time and efforts. CivitasNow allows me to work toward objectives that I wholeheartedly believe in, which in turn is an incredibly rewarding experience because it does not feel like “work” at all. Also, I’ve been watching a lot of Mad Men lately.

4. Why are you interested in advertising and sustainability?

The fusion of advertising and sustainability interests me because it encourages creative communication for a purpose. Advertising in such a way is a powerful tool that has the capability to raise awareness and broaden individual’s minds about ethical business standards while simultaneously sparking sustainable conversation. I believe promotion of sustainable solutions and ideals can transform the public mind to make environmental and social responsibility the norm. Sustainability is common sense for good stewardship of the earth. Utilizing this perspective of “do no harm” is an incredibly logical approach for the advertisement of sustainable companies and organizations to elevate the success of their good deeds.

5. What is currently on your iPod?
My actual iPod has not been updated since my freshman year of highschool, so to save my credibility and my position at CivitasNow, I will refrain from disclosing this information.

6. Where is one place you hope to visit?
As a consignment shop junkie, I have developed a niche for collecting discarded vintage photos of strangers. However unlikely it is, I have always possessed a desire to research some of my favorite photos and figure out where they were taken. I hope to one day go to these places, photo in hand, and put myself in their shoes for a moment; knowing nothing specific about their lives, but attempting to feel what they felt when that picture was taken. I love stories.

7. What’s the best piece of advice you were ever given and who gave it to you?
A friend of mine from Akron once told me simply, “We are the pieces”. Though he did not intend for this statement to advise me on the purpose of my life, he went on to explain the notion that everyone in this world is connected and therefore we should take care of one another. By this principle alone, I believe we must strive to pull from our strengths and weaknesses to fit our various individual pieces together in order to create a life of meaning that sustains both our generation and the ones to follow.
8. What are your plans for after graduation?
The field of sustainability is exponentially growing every year. Right now it is impossible for me to imagine all the possibilities of my future post-graduation, but ultimately I would love to be a sustainability consultant for companies and organizations. Social, environmental, and economic responsibility can and should be everyones “triple bottom line”.