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Huron River Watershed Council

Stormwater Engineering and Monitoring Intern

May - October 2020 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Incredible group of people, doing incredible work. Extremely flexible and inviting considering COVID-19. Just overall a great experience and great exposure to a variety of work e.g. field, coding, lab, etc.

What I wish was different

Honestly, just wish times were different and the internship could have been in-person and thus had greater exposures to the other focus areas at HRWC.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions and dive into as much of HRWC as you can.
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Field Intern

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

It was a very fun internship that taught me a lot about being in the field. We took samples and made maps all summer long.

What I wish was different

I wish there was more testing of the samples that were collected.

Advice

I think this is one of the best things you could do if you are thinking about an environmental job with water or any kind of field work.
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Huron River Water Trail Intern

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed being completely involved with the work being done. Felt more like a full time job and less like an internship. Being able to experience things like field work, setting sign markers, creating surveys and helping with events was amazing!

What I wish was different

A little less office work and more experiencing of the Water Trail.

Advice

Never hesitate to ask specific questions and always give your best! It never hurts to try and there are no wrong questions. It might be something new that you're going into and it's good to learn about it.
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Aquatic Field Intern

April - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I really enjoyed having the ability to work outdoors all summer. All of my superiors were very friendly and encouraging.

What I wish was different

I wish the intern program was more organized in terms of carpooling and attendance. Sometimes there weren’t enough cars to transport everyone so people had to stay behind.

Advice

Keep a journal and write everything down! Things you notice about the organization/company, information you’re learning about, and ideas. Also, reach out to your superiors and exchange information. Become friendly with them.
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Aquati field intern

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

All the interns got close from working with each other and our supervisors were wonderful.

What I wish was different

Better planning prior to outings.

Advice

Don't be afraid to step up respectfully take charge if you need to.
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