Title: Where Are They Now? Part 2

We’re back at it again with more alumni Q&As! We asked alumni from both ENVD and ENVS majors about their program, where they are now, as well as their career advice. Here’s what they had to say!

Brittany Manzagol


What are you doing now and how did ENVS help you get there?

I work at WhiteWave foods in the procurement department. I am a project lead responsible for managing procurement deliverables. As an 18-year-old entering CU, I thought that I would be able to solve all environmental problems. Introduction to Environmental Studies quickly showed me that there were too many problems and I needed to focus my efforts. I became passionate about food systems and during sophomore and junior summers, I was an agriculture research intern at Amway. This experience, combined with my degree, helped qualify me for a position at WhiteWave.

What do you miss most about ENVS?

I miss the upper-level seminar courses! Technical writing, Colorado Natural Resources, and Bioethical Dilemmas radically changed my perspectives. I miss the fun and challenge of the academic environment. I also miss late nights with friends on weeknights and the flexible schedule provided by undergrad!

Do you have any general career advice?

For your first position out of college, think broadly about the skills you will gain from the roles you are applying for. Even if the position or company isn’t exactly what you were envisioning, the most important thing is developing skills.

Ivan Patino


What are you doing now and how did ENVD help you get there?

I’m in charge of production for two large projects and I’m the project manager for three other smaller projects. ENVD taught me the basic skills to generate the necessary documents to get a project through City permit approval.

What do you miss most about ENVD?

I would have to say that I miss the unrestricted, creative freedom that comes with studio projects and the naiveté that accompanies exploring ideas which may not be practical or efficient, but are cool and inventive nonetheless.

Do you have any general career advice?

Even though I agree that having a good portfolio can be an important tool to land that first job, it is not the only way to get hired. I think emphasis is often placed on portfolios over internships – it is often said that a good portfolio will get your first job, but it is your first job that will land you your second one and so on. However, if you start an internship (especially an unpaid, school credit internship) as a junior and you figure out a way to really WOW them, even if it is just with your contagious enthusiasm and willingness to learn, there is a really good chance that they will offer you your first job. They will not be expecting a stellar portfolio because you are still a student and if you do a good job for free, then they may feel that you deserve the paid opportunity when the time comes.

Anna Reynoso


What are you doing now and how did ENVD help you get there?

I am working at a small architecture firm in Aspen, CO. ENVD was able to give a me a great background in planning, landscape, and architecture. Being at a small firm I need to understand all of this information because I never know what the next project will be. IT could be anywhere from renovating a house, designing a backyard, or even working on commercial buildings.

What do you miss most about ENVD?

I miss learning from the professors and listening to their different perspectives on projects. They would go out of their way to help you succeed.

Do you have any general career advice?

Don’t be afraid to try something. Any experience will help get you where you want to in the end. Even the odd jobs.

I hope you enjoyed hearing from some of our awesome alumni. If you missed Part 1, be sure to go back and catch up with other alumni as well!

-Sara Taketatsu

ENVD Student Ambassador