This summer, three Penn State Berks college students will broaden their information and skills in wildlife management via the Berks International Conservation Internship Program in Canada.
Junior Emily Case, a biology fundamental; sophomore Alexis Albu, a biology major; and Austin Hanssen, an environmental aid control principal, will embark on the summertime internship, task conservation work in an immersive worldwide placing: Presqu’ile Provincial Park, Ontario. Research and conservation activities will encompass work with various avian species, reptiles, and amphibians, in addition to numerous native and invasive plant species. The students will also behavior educational outreach activities for the park’s 2 hundred 000 annual visitors.
The summertime internship software, along with the college’s complete-yr conservation internship — which takes students to a local saw-whet owl banding station through the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art — are competitive programs. College students are decided on benefit thru a rigorous application and interview technique, consistent with internship coordinator Jennifer Arnold, professor of biology at Penn State Berks. She adds that both packages have been instrumental within the successful educational careers of numerous Penn State Berks alumni.
Two alumni who finished both the summer and the overall-yr conservation internships bypass earning a master’s degree and getting into a doctoral software this fall. Jenna Diehl, class of 2018, has currently been to a doctoral program in biology at Monash University in Australia. She will have a look at the conduct and physiology of fairy-wrens. Meanwhile, Amy Rutter, the elegance of 2015, is entering a doctoral program at Brown University in ecological and evolutionary biology.
According to Arnold, “Going directly from an undergraduate to a Ph.D. program is uncommon in this area and is a testimony to the type of instructional education and other reports we offer at Penn State Berks.”