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Three Undergraduate Students Embark on Internship Experience

Pennsylvania Sea Grant is delighted to announce and introduce three undergraduate interns who are working in the areas of coastal and watershed outreach, education, and research over the next 12 weeks. This is the third year for the undergraduate internship program, with student projects focusing on science communications, climate resiliency, aquatic invasive species, environmental literacy, and economic impacts.

“We are excited to again host this internship opportunity for undergraduate students whose career paths involve ocean, Great Lakes, and watershed-related concentrations,” says Sarah Whitney, Pennsylvania Sea Grant Director. “Internship opportunities like this support undergrad students, help individuals be better prepared for their next academic or professional step, and serve as a window into the variety of career paths within the broad field of science.”

Alexandra (Allie) Lister is a rising senior at Pennsylvania State University studying Geography. This summer, Allie will be assisting with the development of climate literacy program planning, educator professional development, and action-oriented stewardship projects. Through her college experiences Allie says she has discovered a passion for environmental education and is excited to work on projects that contribute to increasing access to the outdoors. 

Anne Castagnero, is a rising junior at Case Western Reserve University studying Economics and Political Science with a minor in German. This summer she will be evaluating Pennsylvania Sea Grant programs and activities to determine the economic value to communities and ecosystems. Anne says she is excited to work with Pennsylvania Sea Grant and for the opportunity to give back to the community.

Amanda Mullen, is a recent graduate from Pennsylvania State University where she studied Environmental Science. In the fall, Amanda will embark on a Masters program in Earth Systems Science at George Mason University. Amanda’s internship experience will focus on aquatic invasive species outreach. Amanda says she is excited to learn about environmental outreach and gaining valuable work experience before graduate school.

The Pennsylvania interns are part of a national internship experience offered through National Sea Grant’s Community Engaged Internship (CEI) program, which encourages applicants from groups historically underrepresented in the sciences, including African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic and Latino, female, first-generation college students, veterans, LGBTQ+, and students with disabilities. In addition, the program welcomes applications from students who have worked to overcome educational or economic disadvantages or who have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their career paths.

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