This program offers hands-on experience in water quality testing through environmental and wet chemistry tasks in the water quality laboratory. Interns will explore the aquarium from a scientific point of view and learn how the laboratory uses air, light, and water quality testing to maintain healthy marine and freshwater habitats. Interns may learn about oceanography topics such as nitrogen cycling, carbonate buffer systems, trace minerals, and marine microbiota. Interns will assist daily in the laboratory with sample collection, water quality testing, data recording and analysis, and chemical additions preparation. Interns will develop their laboratory skills and will gain experience with environmental laboratory instruments.
Optional: Interns will be given the opportunity to conduct a research or laboratory project of their choosing on an environmental quality topic. Interns will research and conduct their project under the direction of a lab mentor. Prior to completing their internship, interns will present their project as a poster or PowerPoint.