RCC 2021 Stanback Interns

Audrey Magnuson: Stanback Presidential Intern

Audrey Magnuson is a rising senior at Duke University pursuing a major in Public Policy and minors in Environmental Science and Art History. She is passionate about leveraging quality environmental policy to better her community in North Carolina and beyond, particularly in the realms of environmental justice. She hopes to earn a law degree after completing her Duke education to further these ambitions. In her free time, Audrey is a yoga and Pilates instructor and loves to spend time looking for new hiking trails or creating new recipes in the kitchen. On campus, she also leads an all women’s dance company and directs communications for a student-led sexual violence prevention initiative.

Isabel Wood: Stanback Presidential Intern

Isabel Wood is a rising Junior at Duke University majoring in Environmental Science and Policy with a certificate in Documentary Studies. She feels passionate about science communication, the preservation of biodiversity, and environmental justice. Outside of the classroom, Isabel is one of the Vice Presidents of the Duke Undergraduate Environmental Union (UEU) where she works on environmental literacy topics and The Enviro-Art Gallery. She is also in Duke Mock Trial and works for the Wright Lab, a research lab focused on climate change and ecology. Isabel is so excited to be one of this year’s RCC Presidential Stanback interns. She thinks that learning to communicate about the environment in the way that Rachel Carson did, and the way that the RCC continues to, is key to solving many environmental issues.

Andrei Santos: Stanback Research Intern

Andrei is a rising junior at Duke University majoring in Environmental Science and Public Policy. He is from Davie, a town bordering the Florida Everglades, and has interned for the Town Hall of Davie. This is his second year at the Rachel Carson Council, having worked on digital organizing and environmental justice in the previous year. He is a member of the Duke Mock Trial Team and is planning on attending law school to study environmental law. Andrei is interested in exploring the intersection between public policy, environmental sustainability, and economic decisions.

Rishab Jagetia: Stanback Research Intern

Rishab Jagetia is a rising sophomore at Duke University planning to major in Environmental Science and Policy. Hailing from Houston, Texas, his exposure to environmental justice issues perpetuated by oil and gas companies and the onslaught of Hurricane Harvey has led him towards a path of climate action. He is passionate about community engagement and specifically how to leverage youth voices to accomplish transformative change. When he isn’t doing work, you’ll probably find him reading memoirs or playing sports. In high school, he was heavily involved in youth climate organizing and education efforts that centered environmental justice in Houston neighborhoods. At Duke, he enjoys working on an environmental podcast, engaging in student government, and advocating for a new curriculum that focuses on bottom-up alternative economics and community activism.

Sam Vanasse: Stanback Research Intern

Sam is a first-year master’s student at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment earning a Master of Environmental Management. He is in the Environmental Economics and Policy concentration with a focus on economics and energy. In 2020, he earned his Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College with a major in economics and minors in environmental studies and mathematics. He recently acted as a Research Assistant at Duke University’s Energy Initiative in their Data Analytics Lab where he assisted with their research at the intersection of machine learning and solar energy data collection. He is eager to apply his background in environmental economics and energy to divestment and reinvestment research at the RCC and hopes to carry what he learns into future opportunities. Outside of class Sam enjoys reading, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

RCC 2020 Stanback Interns

Kendall Jefferys: Stanback Presidential Intern

Kendall is a rising Senior and Rachel Carson Scholar at Duke University. Studying Environmental Science and English with a concentration in Marine Science, she combines her interests in the natural world with her passion for literature and art. Kendall is from Keller, Texas and delights in any moment she finds to read, paint, or write poetry. On campus, she works at the Duke Campus Farm and competes with the Duke Figure Skating team. She also spent a semester and summer studying and researching at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, NC.

Rachel Radvany: Stanback Research and Policy Intern

Rachel Radvany is a rising senior at Duke University studying Environmental Sciences and Policy. She is from Pelham, New York and loves playing guitar and violin, hiking, and running in her free time. On campus, Rachel is involved in Duke Climate Coalition, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science, and Jewish Life at Duke. She is interested in environmental law and policy as well as environmental justice.


Andrei A. Santos: Stanback Campus Engagement Intern

Andrei is a rising sophomore at Duke University with a planned major in Public Policy and Environmental Science. He is from Davie, a town bordering the Florida Everglades, and has interned for the Town Hall of Davie. He has also been involved in Nicotine Prevention policy in South Florida, working under the Tobacco Free Florida’s SWAT initiative. Andrei is interested in exploring the intersection between public policy and environmental sustainability.


Noah Schaffir: Stanback Research and Policy Intern

Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Noah is a rising senior at Duke University where he studies Psychology along with Environmental Science and Policy. Noah is interested in pursuing a law-based career that hopefully can combine his interests of environmental justice, advocacy, and the renewable energy sector. On campus, he works as a research assistant for the Duke University Department of Psychology where his main project involves psychological mindsets and their correlation to intelligence. In his spare time, Noah thoroughly enjoys skiing, watching B-list movies, discussing ethics, and solving a variety of puzzles.