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EVR2940 Cooperative Work Experience-Environmental Science (AA)
Credits/Clock Hours: 3 credits (32 lab hours)
Hands-on work experience as a volunteer assigned by the college to an appropriate cooperating office(s) or agency(ies). Hours and schedule are mutually determined by the student, cooperating office(s)/agency(ies), and the college. Final written and oral reports are required.
Student interns must commit an average of 8 hours per week for the 16-week term to complete the internship course. Students generally complete one main research project during this time that benefits the learning and experience of the student as well as the advancement of the partner agency. Students are encouraged to speak with the Department Chair, Dr. Jessica Miles, the semester prior to the term in which the student intends to enroll in the internship course, to allow for proper matching and placement of the student.
Below are several internship projects that have been produced as part of this course. You are encouraged to view the work of previous students to learn about the type of projects available, the scope of work, and the level of competency that is expected for both the written portion of the internship as well as the oral presentation.
Student Internship Projects
2016 Select Projects
Student - Kevin Metz
This internship supported ongoing efforts to research the feasibility of reintroducing the Red Cockaded Woodpecker to Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
Student - Barry Carson
This internship project involved analyzing multi-year roadkill data collected at Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
2015 Select Projects
Student - Alejandro Garcia
This internship was conducted at Jonathan Dickinson State Park and examined the relationship of prescribed burn frequency to the density of Gopher Tortoise burrows.
Student - Edwin Barrow
This internship was conducted with the South Florida Water Management District and was composed of two phases:
1) Biomass assessment of cattails
2) Turbidity level study in the West Palm Beach Canal
Edwin Barrow, "the contacts and relationships I developed, along with the skills I learned, will enhance my chances of employment upon graduation."
2014 Select Projects
This video highlights two projects completed by Environmental Science student interns in spring 2014.Taryn Owesley completed her GIS internship at the Village of Wellington and Juliana Osorio completed her Gopher Tortoise research at Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
Student - Megan Riley, 2013 Intern
"I did an internship at Jonathan Dickinson State Park and worked on a deer population survey. It was a ton of fun because it got me outdoors and doing field research. I plan on working with large carnivors in the field in the future so this study was very useful to me in that it gave me an opportunity to understand how a population survey works." Megan Riley, 2013
Student - Katie O'Gara
This internship was conducted at Jonathan Dickinson State Park examining a potential endangered species introduction at the site. This was a field based project completed in spring 2011.
Student - Patrick Kohler
The internship was conducted at the South Florida Water Management District for Spring 2011. The project was conducted in a lab and aimed at benefiting an environmental monitoring program.
Student - David Cowan
The internship as a part of the Palm Beach State/ Morse Zehnter Associates (MZA) was one of the best things that I could have done for my career. The internship gave me a place to transition from the job I had for many years to my new field. As an intern I was afforded more time to learn what we where doing and why not just how to do my job. I also felt that I could push myself to my limit with out fear of jeopardizing my job because I was still learning. In the environmental industry nothing is more powerful then experience. It seems like you can’t get a job without experience and you can’t get experience without the job. This is an age old conundrum that seems to have been solved for me with the internship in this program. I got the internship because of this program, and I got the job because of the internship.
A study of the location of CO2 generated sources and their effects on ambient CO2
levels around an in schools in South Florida
David James Cowan
Morse Zehnter Associates
Student - Tove Rooney
I completed my internship during spring semester 2007 at Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management (ERM). My project assignment was wading bird colony monitoring at a rookery at Juno Dunes Natural Area, which was designed as an independent study. The purpose of the project was to establish peak nesting activity and baseline date for future surveys. To complete the project, I had to seek knowledge in bird identification, behavior, nesting requirements, and foraging habits of wading birds. I also became familiar with survey techniques, including the flight-line count which was used in the project. I truly enjoyed my internship with ERM. I gained invaluable knowledge of wading birds in Florida and increased my understanding of the threats they are facing and why they are declining in numbers. I also experienced the inner workings of an environmental agency and learned a great deal about how a natural area is managed. I also acquired an interest in wading birds and bird watching which I’ll enjoy for years to come. I feel the internship is an important part of the environmental science program. It is an opportunity to work with an environmental agency and gain hands-on experience, which may lead to future employment.
Wading Bird Colony Monitoring at Juno Dunes Rookery Using the Flight-line Method
Table 1 - Juno Dunes Rookery Monitoring 2005
Table 2 - Flight-line Count Data Sheet
Figure 1 - Juno Dunes - Natural Area Boundary
Figure 2 - Juno Dunes
Student - Tiffany LaCasse
The internship was conducted abroad, in Costa Rica, in coordination with the Environmental Science Technology Program course, Tropical Ecology, that incorporates an international field experience each summer. The internship provided exposure to field work in remote locations, gathering GPS points that were later utilized to create a map of a biological preserve in Costa Rica. Not only did the internship benefit the educational goals of a student, but it provided an incredible resource for the preserve that will be utilized for years to come.
El Zota Biological Field Station Data Mapping Project