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Hailey Randsolph

Haley Randolph

Environmental Science, Option: Land, Water, Air
Employer: Qualitest Pharmaceuticals
Location of internship: Huntsville, AL
How you got the internship? (applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.): Connection to a current employee
Did you take for credit? Honors credit
Paid or unpaid? Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
I worked as an EHS intern for the summer. I worked a lot with bringing their safety data system into compliance and with initiatives to improve their recycling program. I also performed safety audits of the manufacturing floor and created promotional materials such as videos and posters for EHS events.

Jessica Cox

Jessica Cox

Crop and Soil Science, Option: Agronomy 
Employer: USDA-NRCS
Location of internship: East Tennessee
How you got the internship? (applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.): I started as an earth team volunteer back in 2014 then worked part time as an intern in Virginia. Then a career pathways position came open in TN. This is a summer position while you are in college. Upon graduation if you have good reviews, you will be converted to full time. 
Did you take for credit? No
Paid or unpaid? Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
I worked with local farmers and landowners to provide technical assistance to protect our natural resources. This included using survey equipment, ArcGIS, and soil skills. I helped plan conservation plans which the farmers would implement. I also worked with the soil scientist on wetland determinations.

Tadd Alexander

Tadd Alexander

Tadd Alexander

Environmental Science, Option: Land Restoration and Management
Employer: Department of Environmental Protection, State of PA
Location of internship: Harrisburg, PA
How you got the internship? (applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.): Applied online
Did you take for credit? Honors credit
Paid or unpaid? Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship

I gained invaluable experience in how environmental regulations and repercussions are handled from the state agency perspective. My specific responsibilities included managing a grants program for environmental projects throughout the state, working with arcGIS, educational programs, among others. Many interns additionally got the chance to tour hydraulic fracturing sites in northern Pennsylvania and observe how the state regulates this industry.

Agrima Poudel

Agrima Poudel

Environmental Science, Option: Water Science and Quality
Employer: Villanova University
Location of internship: Alberta, Canada
How you got the internship? (applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.): Found out about it through the environmental science student listserv; sent my cover letter to them online
Did you take for credit? No
Paid or unpaid? Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
I worked with bogs throughout Alberta. We fluxed and measured for carbon, and we also tracked nitrogen fixation and mineralization in the bogs.

Drew Mehfoud

Drew Mehfoud

Environmental Science, Option: Undecided
Minor: Geographic Information Science
Employer: Draper Aden Associates
Location of internship: Richmond, VA
How you got the internship? (applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.):
A family friend told me about the business. I met with the head of the Richmond department at the Industry Day here at Virginia Tech, and I applied on paper and received the job.
Did you take for credit? No
Paid or unpaid? Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
The internship consisted of surveying, subsurface utility locating, geotechnical services, and environmental services. Through the internship I gained essential knowledge and practice using arcGIS, Trimble units, and a GPR instrument (Ground Penetrating Radar)

Daniel Joyner

Daniel Joyner

Crop and Soil Science, Option: Agronomy
Employer: Dow AgroSciences
Location of internship: North Carolina and Tennessee
How you got the internship? (applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.):
I received the internship through connections in the industry prior to my time at Virginia Tech
Did you take for credit? Yes
Paid or unpaid? Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
I filled in for a seed sales representative for PhytoGen cotton seed and Mycogen seed that was out on maternity leave in the territory covering Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee.  This territory is the largest and most diverse territory in Southeast for DowAgrosciences, exposing me to grain corn, silage corn, soybeans, sunflowers, sorghum, and cotton.  I greatly strengthened my knowledge of agronomic practices and learned a tremendous amount of knowledge in crops that I previously had limited exposure to, and I see this internship as an invaluable learning experience, preparing me as much as anything I have ever done for a job in the industry.

Katie Doughterty

Katie Dougherty

Crop and Soil Sciences, Option: Crop Genetics and Breeding
Employer:
DuPont Pioneer
Location of internship:
Johnston, IA
How you got the internship?
(applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.):
Information from CALS at Iowa State University
Did you take for credit? No
Paid or unpaid? Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
I worked as a Sales Business Development Intern for DuPont Pioneer over the summer. My areas of focus included sales, marketing, and agronomy. My primary project involved improving seller training for a brand expansion in the Midwest through Crop Production Services. I was exposed to various routes to market, but worked primarily through retail. The territory I worked in consisted of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. My internship with DuPont Pioneer was a great experience, and really prepared me for a career in the ag industry

Madeline Ryan

Madeline Ryan

Environmental Science, Option: Water Science and Quality
Employer:
National Science Foundation and the Carey Lab in the Biological Sciences Department
Location of internship:
Virginia Tech
How you got the internship?
(applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.):
Applied online after seeing an email about the program
Did you take for credit? No
Paid or unpaid? Paid (included stipend, some food stipend, housing on-campus, some travel expenses)
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
I did research for the NSF REU program Interdisciplinary Water Sciences and Engineering. With the Carey Lab, I researched the drivers of the vertical distribution of phytoplankton in drinking water reservoirs, and compared the percentages of living versus nonliving phytoplankton in a managed and unmanaged reservoir. This research helped the Western Virginia Water Authority make decisions on how to manage their drinking water reservoirs that provide water to Roanoke, VA.

Jordan Hoffman

Jordan Hoffman

Crop and Soil Sciences, Option: Agronomy, Minor: Wetland Science
Employer:
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Location of internship:
Culpeper, VA
How you got the internship?
(applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.):
I applied for the position through the VCE website. I was interviewed over the phone and got the call back in an hour!
Did you take for credit? No
Paid or unpaid? Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
I was the ANR/Horticulture intern and worked under the ANR and Horticulture Agents. My duties were not limited to working with my two agents; I worked with all of the agents in the office and assisted wherever possible. I went to a lot of interesting meetings/seminars throughout the Piedmont region. I worked out in the field with farmers identifying problem weeds and grasses. I worked with Carl Stafford on the George Washington Carver Agriculture and Research Institute project. I helped with website and social media design. I assisted with a lot of 4H activities and went to 4H camp at the end of my internship. It was a very versatile and rewarding experience.

Alyson Breeding

Alyson Breeding
Environmental Science
Employer:
John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District
Location of internship:
Warrenton, VA
How you got the internship?
(applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.):
Inquired and they made a position for me
Did you take for credit? Yes
Paid or unpaid? Unpaid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
I a
ssisted in water quality monitoring and macroinvertebrate sampling for the purpose of determining water quality trends on streams throughout Fauquier County. Assisted in bird count surveys on several recently restored riparian corridors to determine changes in the suitability of habitat when these lands are converted from agriculture production. Developed reports using ARC GIS mapping.

Brendan McLoughlin

Brendan McLoughlin
Environmental Science, Option: Land, Water, Air
Employer:
Durr Mechanical Construction
Location of internship:
Manhattan, NY
How you got the internship?
(applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.):
Word-of-mouth
Did you take for credit? No
Paid or unpaid? Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
I worked in the field at heavy construction sites, helping full time staff members to coordinate the craft labor. For a time of three weeks, I was tasked with randomly sampling the Ironworker's bolts and tools to ensure that all materials on site were up to company and OSHA code. I also played a small office role by receiving all of the craft labor & field engineer's timesheets and then organizing them into a usable spreadsheet that the account department would use to cut paychecks. I also assisted a team of engineers in sampling, and ultimately removing with the help of a private agency, heavy metal contaminated soil at one of the worksites.

Caitlyn Herron

Caitlyn Herron
Environmental Science
Employer:
Villanova University
Location of internship:
Alberta, Canada
How you got the internship?
(applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.):
The opportunity was sent to the CSES Dept. from a VT alum and sent out through the student list serv – applied by emailing my resume.
Did you take for credit? No
Paid or unpaid? Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
I worked as a research assistant  doing field work for Villanova University.  We assisted with a multitude of different type of research included pore water collection, vegetation collection, Carbon Fluxing Data, and a lot of other fun stuff. All of our research focused on the boreal peat bogs.

Ian Vinson

Ian Vinson
Environmental Science, Option: Water Science and Quality
Employer:
Prince William County Department of Public Works – Environmental Division – Watershed Management Branch
Location of internship:
Woodbridge, VA
How you got the internship?
(applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.):
There wasn’t anything available online so I sent my resume and cover letter to the department and they responded – I had a phone interview with three people from the office and was hired.
Did you take for credit? No
Paid or unpaid? Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
I worked In the watershed management branch, I was doing a variety of things: invasive/native plant species management, stream assessments, assisting with wetland delineations, learning about rezoning cases and making comments, etc. Ultimately, with all these experiences I learned what I enjoy the most about this field, and what I'd like to do in the future.

Kristina Estrada

Kristina Estrada
Crop and Soil Sciences, Option: International Agriculture
Employer:
Real Food for Kids - Montgomery
Location of internship:
Local but based in Washington D.C.
How you got the internship opportunity
? Applied online
Did you take for credit?
No
Paid or unpaid?
Unpaid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
I helped Executive Director with various tasks involving fundraising and development, events, drafts, etc.

Lyndsey Gerold

Lyndsey Gerold
Science, Option: Land, Water, and Air
Employer:
Vertex
Location of internship:
Columbia, MD
How you got the internship?
A father of one of the kids on my brother’s basketball team worked there and he told my dad he was hiring interns and I applied.
Did you take for credit?
No
Paid or unpaid?
Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship
:

I mainly did consulting – phase I environmental site assessments and sometimes phase Iis which included remediation, soil/water sampling, and other things of that n
ature.

Matt Roberts

Matt Roberts
Crop and Soil Sciences, Option: Agronomy
Employer:
USDA – NRCS
Location of internship:
Wytheville, VA
How you got the internship opportunity
? I worked part-time with NRCS for about 2 years prior and my supervisors actually recommended me to apply for the Pathways Career Intern Program. I had to apply online through USA Jobs and submit my Federal resume and cover letter.
Did you take for credit?
No, but my time in the Career Intern Program is counting towards my tenure and my federal retirement once I’m converted to a permanent position when I graduate.
Paid or unpaid? Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
As a Soil Conservationist Trainee, I work with our clients, which include farmers/landowners to implement conservation practices on their land that will not only conserve our natural resources, but improve their operation in the long run. Many of my duties entail meeting with clients on their farms to go over conservation practices and their benefits and what programs are there to assist them, developing conservation plans, completing Environmental Evaluations to help evaluate the impacts-both positive and negative that our programs/conservation practices can have on the environment, working with landowners to develop a rotational grazing system and writing them a Prescribed Grazing Plan with recommendations that focus on the soils, plants, animals, and economics. I also work on writing ag. waste management system plans for our clients that have manure storage issues that we assist them with. My other duties include working in cost-share programs on both the state and federal levels.

Sarah Rush

Sarah Rash
Environmental Science
Employer:
Southern Piedmont Area Research and Extension Center
Location of internship:
Blackstone, VA
How you got the internship opportunity?
Applied online, but knew of the job through a student who worked there the summer before I applied.
Did you take for credit?
No
Paid or unpaid?
Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
I tested an electrical copper ionization machine on float bays in tobacco greenhouses. Dr. David Reed had done work prior to my arrival with the copper machine and he noted that the machine burned the water roots off of the tobacco plants in the float bays, which was a problem because the water roots help the plants stay in the trays during planting. The copper machine in Dr. Reed's experiments was used to clean/treat the water, so in my experiment I tested what levels of the free copper in the float bays would burn the tobacco roots off and used a Hanna instrument for high-level copper to determine the ppm of the copper in the water.

Tadd Alexander

Tadd Alexander
Environmental Science, Option: Land Restoration and Management
Employer:
Department of the Interior – United States Geological Survey
Location of internship:
Reston, VA
How you got the internship?
Found out about it through the ENSC student listserv
Did you take for credit?
No
Paid or unpaid?
Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
At USGS I worked as a Biological Science Technician for the Microbiology Lab of the National Research Program. I actively participated in experimental design, protocols, procedures, and fee-for-service lab responsibilities. Our research dealt with the following topics this summer: unconventional oil and gas development and infrastructure; crude oil and chlorinated solvent bioremediation; and amphibian disease.

Lucas Rector

Lucas Rector
Crop and Soil Sciences, Option: Agronomy
Employer:
BASF
Location of internship:
Murray, Kentucky (Western Kentucky and Western Tennessee)
How you got the internship?
(applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.): Job fair and then applied online
Did you take for credit? No
Paid or unpaid? Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
I
t was a sales internship.  I sold ag chemicals to retailers like CPS, Helena, Security Seed, etc., went on farmer and retailer visits, scouted fields for disease and weeds to make recommendations, and worked in research plots in Memphis, TN at the Agricenter and in Murray, KY at Murray State Universities West Research Farm.  I also had my own research plot on the Plant Health benefits of infurrow fungicides.

Robert Goodwin

Robert Goodwin
Environmental Science, Option: Land Restoration Management
Employer:
Geo-Solutions – Environmental, Engineering, and Soil Consultants
Location of internship:
Hopewell, VA
How you got the internship?
(applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.): CSES Weekly Newsletter
Did you take for credit? No
Paid or unpaid? Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
During my internship I worked with two AOSE's (Alternative Onsite Soil Evaluators), doing soil evaluations for septic drainfields as well as drainfield design and permitting. Basically, I went out in the field with them and augured holes to determine the suitability of a soil for a septic drainfield based on soil texture, depth to water table and any other pertinent features. We would then use that information to design a drainfield and septic system and submit a written permit. I enjoyed it a lot, the work was about 50/50 field and office.

Stephanie Duston

Stephanie Duston
Environmental Science, Option: Water Science and Quality
Employer:
Plymouth State REU
Location of internship:
Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, Woodstock, NH
How you got the internship?
(applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.): Word-of-mouth
Did you take for credit? No
Paid or unpaid? Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
The first part of the summer involved intense soil description and sampling. I assisted with nitrification experimentation in the lab, and then we processed samples for further chemical analysis. The second part of the summer I developed my own research project which involved mapping spatial pattern and distribution of vertically and laterally developed soils in a small sub-catchment in the Hubbard Brook valley.

Hunter Blake

Hunter Blake
Crop and Soil Science, Option: Agronomy; Minor: Turf
Employer:
Crop Production Services
Location of internship: Eastern Shore of Virginia
How you got the internship?
(applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.):
Word-of-mouth
Did you take for credit? No
Paid or unpaid? Paid
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
I worked up and down the Eastern Shore of Virginia. I scouted mainly soybeans, corn, and sorghum. I was looking for what weeds were in the field, diseases, and insects. CPS has a new system called Echelon where scouts and salesmen can pinpoint which areas of the field have the most damage and which have the least. This system is what I used every day on my iPad.

Jirius Abdallah

Jirius Abdallah
Environmental Science
Employer:
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
Location of internship:
Wolftrap, VA
How you got the internship?
(applied online, word-of-mouth, etc.):
I personally knew someone who got me in contact with the manager of the botanical garden.
Did you take for credit? No
Paid or unpaid? Paid – there was a stipend of $500 specifically for interns
Briefly describe what you did in your internship:
The internship was a two month program where I shadowed and worked alongside horticulturalists and naturalists working in Meadowlark Botanical Garden. The garden is divided into three outdoor ecosystems: meadow, wetland, and forest. My job as an intern was to manage the different ecosystems: managing invasive species, planting and transferring new plants, and keeping the garden presentable for the visitors. Over the summer, I learned how to identify plants taxonomically, the importance of native species plants on an ecosystem and wildlife, and how to properly take care of botanical garden.