Bright new faces have appeared in the offices and
laboratories of the AFSC facilities in Seattle and on board research
vessels in the North Pacific as the Center offers its summer internship
program for the 10th year in a row. The AFSC internship program provides
10-week employment opportunities for students interested in careers in
marine science. Many of the interns have had little to no previous
marine science experience but have a great interest in learning more
about the subject. The interns receive exposure to "real life" in the
workplace, including guidance on what it takes to be a professional
scientist and, for some, a once in a lifetime experience in the field.
The internship program benefits the AFSC internship mentors also, as
mentors gain assistance with their research and the satisfaction of
providing educational and professional guidance to those who seek it.
The application process for an AFSC internship requires students to write an essay on their interest in marine science and to describe their career goals and need for a paid internship. An option to volunteer for nonpaid positions was added in 2004 to provide an opportunity for those qualified students not needing funding, foreign students, or those that can bring their own funding (e.g. from their home institution). Competition for the AFSC internships has become more competitive in the last few years as the number of applicants has increased. Passive recruiting efforts have attracted students from all over the United States as well as abroad. The summer 2005 internships have drawn energetic and enthusiastic students from academic institutions such as Cornell University and Connecticut College on the East Coast to Harvey Mudd College and University of Hawaii on the West, and internationally from Pakistan.
With 49 applicants, this year was a record year in the number of applicants and in the number of paid and unpaid internships at the AFSC. Many thanks go to the generous funding from the AFSC Office of the Center Director, the University of Washington (UW) School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences and other funding sources, as well as the dedicated work of the AFSC Outreach Committee.
Additional information about the AFSC Intern-ship Program is available on the AFSC website at http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/internships/overview.htm or from Rebecca.Reuter@noaa.gov.
Ferdinand and Reuter Receive NOAA Diversity Award
Jennifer Ferdinand and Rebecca Reuter of the Center’s
REFM Division and Gary Shigenaka (National Ocean Service) were awarded
the NOAA Diversity Spectrum Achievement Award for their efforts in the
NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions
The award was given to the team for their commitment to changing the prevailing trends for students considering marine science as a career choice and underscores the participation by NOAA scientists as the key to making this goal a reality.
By Rebecca Reuter