Interns

CC Lab interns come to the Lab from across Yale and from across academic disciplines. They are flexible, creative thinkers able to investigate, interpret and communicate data, science, and trends across a number of fields related to the CC Lab’s work.

If you’re interested in an internship at the CC Lab during the academic year or summer, please check our opportunities page, the Yale Student Employment website, or reach out to us at carboncontainment.lab@yale.edu

Current Interns

Adam Houston is a current graduate student at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE) pursuing a Master of Environmental Management. He grew up in Seattle, Washington, on the land of the Duwamish and other Coast Salish tribes. After graduating from Yale College in 2018 with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, he returned to Seattle to work as the Production Manager at the University of Washington Farm, where he grew several acres of fruits and vegetables, led field trips, and taught classes.

At YSE he is studying nature-based solutions to climate change, including agricultural soil carbon sequestration, reforestation, and other practices for creating resilient food systems. In addition to growing food, Adam is passionate about bicycling, and you will most likely see him heading out on an adventure around New Haven along with his bike, Sam.


Charlie Mayhew is a Junior at Yale College double-majoring in History and Physics. He was drawn to the CC Lab by its ambitious goals for containment and interdisciplinary, collaborative approach. His current project is assessing potential opportunities for methane recovery efforts at abandoned coal mines. Within Yale, he is a member of Benjamin Franklin College and the Viola Question, a campus improv group. In his spare time, he likes to cook, play piano, and go for long runs. Though born and raised in New York City, he loves the outdoors and hiking, in particular through the White Mountains and Adirondacks (where he is very slowly crossing off all 46 peaks). 


Chiara Chung-Halpern is currently a senior at Yale College studying Earth and Planetary Sciences, as well as Energy Studies. Chiara’s interest in earth sciences stemmed from spending a summer in high school working for the Youth Conservation Corps at Yellowstone National Park. Chiara is primarily interested in the ways that geology and Earth’s interior processes can be utilized to combat large scale issues such as climate change. Chiara also conducts research in the Yale Paleomagnetic Laboratory, focusing on reconstructing the Rodinia Supercontinent. At Yale, Chiara is a member of the Yale Karate Team (she was selected to represent the USA in the 2020 Karate World Championships), the Yale Movement Dance Group, the Yale Wushu Team, and the Davenport Pops Orchestra. In her free time, Chiara enjoys anything related to being outdoors including camping, hiking, and appreciating the fascinating geology of Connecticut.


Emma Levin is sophomore at Yale College in Benjamin Franklin College. She is from Port Washington, New York. Emma is interested in studying climate science, applied math, and energy studies. Growing up in a coastal town taught her about the implications of climate change, including extreme weather and rising sea levels, and sparked her interest in climate science. At Yale, she is also a research assistant for the University’s Carbon Offset Program and a Hahn Scholar conducting research in the School of the Environment. Emma loves to take long walks in New Haven and prides herself on being a map enthusiast.


Nick Dahl is a senior at Yale College where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Statistics and Data Science Department. In S&DS, he specializes in data analysis and exploration, machine learning, and data mining with a particular focus in environmental protection and modeling. Outside of his work with the CC Lab and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, Nick spends his time as a varsity athlete on the Cross Country and Track and Field teams, as well as tutoring in the New Haven community. Nick has climbed 37 of the 53 Fourteeners in Colorado with the goal to complete the rest in the next couple years. He is a proud Philadelphia native, and current resident of Davenport College. 


Oliver Leitner is a junior in Yale College majoring in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (MB&B) with a certificate in Statistics and Data Science. He has had a passion for scientific research and the environment since high school when he conducted numerous projects on making solar power and distillation scalable, which won him 2nd and 4th place awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and a Fellowship from the Davidson Institute. He has further pursued his passion for scientific research by interning in the Saltzman lab at Yale’s Biomedical Engineering department through the First-year Summer Research Fellowship in 2019 and now through working for the CC Lab. An avid violinist as well, he has participated in multiple summer music festivals in Germany and Aspen, among others, and has appeared as a soloist with the Reno Philharmonic, Susanville Symphony Orchestra, and on National Public Radio’s From the Top (show 345). At Yale, he is the Co-Leader of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, regularly performs chamber music, and studies with Wendy Sharp at the Yale School of Music. 


Skakel McCooey is a rising senior in Yale College. He is pursuing a simultaneous award of both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degrees in history, focusing on the intellectual and environmental histories of the Caribbean and Europe. Before joining CC Lab, Skakel worked at Students for Carbon Dividends — a student-led effort advocating for policies to reduce carbon emissions. He has conducted research at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Maine, focusing on ichthyology, herpetology, and malacology. Skakel has also worked as a reporter and editor at the Yale Daily News, and has broken stories on a variety of Yale-related issues including the “Varsity Blues” admissions scandal. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, CapX, and the YDN, while his reports have been cited by outlets including CNN, CBS, and Deadspin. In his free time he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and playing tennis. Skakel also plays the bassoon, and despite rarely practicing, played in Carnegie Hall with his gradeschool orchestra.


Sophie Latham is currently a senior in Yale College. She is an Environmental Studies major concentrating in policy, as well as a member of the Energy Studies program. She became interested in negative emissions while learning about global climate policy and is writing a senior thesis on Direct Air Capture of Carbon. She is a proud member of the Yale Glee Club, as well as its manager this year, and a member of the Yale Student Environmental Coalition. In her spare time Sophie enjoys playing Scottish folk music on the fiddle and drinking copious amounts of tea. She grew up in New Haven and now lives on campus in Grace Hopper College.


Victoria Dombrowik is currently a Yale College Senior majoring in Environmental Studies, with interests in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing. She was previously an National Science Foundation Fellow at the Center for Intelligent Spatial Computing, where she researched the possibility of using machine-learning algorithms to detect changes in Arctic Sea ice. Elsewhere at Yale, Victoria is involved with Yale Students Immersive Media, an undergraduate group that experiments with augmented and virtual reality projects. During the semester, she can often be found exploring East Rock, or admiring plants at the Edgerton Park Conservancy.


Wanjiku Mwangi is currently a junior at Yale College, hailing from Nairobi, Kenya. She is studying Engineering Science - Environmental and African Studies, and is pursuing a certificate in Energy Studies. She is interested in the relationship between energy and economic development in the context of climate change in the Global South.  At Yale, she’s involved with the Yale Association for African Peace and Development, Tsai CITY, Yale Effective Altruism and the Yale Student Technology Collaborative. Wanjiku’s hobbies include photography, dance, and cooking.