Nellie McAdams was an intern with Ecologic for the Summer of 2005. Her major responsibilities during the internship were to estimate the potential costs of implementing the FAO’s ITPGRFA in developing nations and to research potential institutional synergies that would maximise the treaty’s beneficial effects (IPDEV Project). Nellie intends to graduate from Law School in 2007 and pursue a career in international environmental governance.
Nellie studies law at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, in the United States. Her internship was made possible by a grant from the Public Interest Legal Project (PILP) – a Lewis & Clark institution which provides summer stipends for law students pursuing public interest work in addition to its loan repayment programme.
Past experiences that have shaped her goals include:
- An internship with the Fund for Modern Courts in New York City, for which she helped to revise an introduction to the court system for victims of domestic violence,
- Volunteering for the World Federalist Movement in New York City, where she attended and summarised UN conventions and edited papers, among other things,
- Earning a stipend from the Boehm Coster Public Policy Foundation of Dartmouth College (her alma mater) to volunteer for a permaculture and women’s health centre in rural Nepal (the Jajarkot Permaculture Programme), and
- Her upbringing on her family’s hazelnut farm in Gaston, Oregon.