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Internship with the National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD
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Heather Hodge

Major: Crime, Law, and Justice (business option)
Minor: French, Wildlife and Fisheries Science
Hometown: York, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

Freshman year, I attended a presentation where upperclassmen spoke to us about their summer job experiences.  I became interested in one student's internship at Zoo America at Hershey Park decided to apply to similar experiences, such as the position at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I mainly worked with the visitor programs staff within the education department during my internship. I was also afforded the opportunity to work with the Outreach team that worked off site and with field trip experiences for 4th and 5th grade students. The field trips conclude a year-long partnership with the aquarium in a program called AquaPartners. During my internship, I mainly worked with visitor programs: I led a jellyfish parade  with a “jelly wand” (a tube filled with moon jellyfish), discussed “nature’s recyclers” (decomposers) while holding a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, hosted “discovery stations” with various animal artifacts for guests to touch and explore, and engaged visitors in a new exhibit called Dolphin Discovery. I also witnessed a Bonnet head Shark give birth and swam in two of the exhibits.

“If you participate in an internship experience that is mentally engaging and that challenges you to learn new things, you will never regret it.”

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship solidified my interest in science and made me realize that I will most likely be pursuing a career related to my minor in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. I also discovered a love for teaching and experiencing that “wow” with someone who learns something new, loves it, and gets excited about what they have learned.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I am not quite sure what I would like to do for a career, but I know that I absolutely loved what I did at my internship at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. At the moment, I would say my plans are to do something very similar.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would absolutely recommend this experience or one similar to it to other Liberal Arts students.  Don’t waste your summers working a mindless job flipping burgers. If you participate in an internship experience that is mentally engaging and that challenges you to learn new things, you will never regret it.

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