An Alabama college student gained work experience last summer through a Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium-supported Environmental Education Internship with the Discovery Hall Programs at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Jordan (JoJo) Brown, a senior at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, took part in the two-month, collegiate-level summer internship program that provided insights into marine science and environmental education.
“We try to give our interns a robust introduction to the field of education and outreach in marine science,” Tina Miller-Way, Chair of Discovery Hall Programs. “Our interns are involved in all aspects of our summer programs: they help prep materials, assist in handling logistics, interact with the students and the public, and participate in all field activities, enjoying the seasickness, heat and humidity along with our instructors.”
The experience was much more than Brown expected.
"I thought the internship was going to be more watching than doing," Brown said. "Instead I had the chance to help educate, research and make connections."
One of Brown's memorable moments was having the chance to tag a shark during the Fins, Fishes, and Fisheries teacher workshop. She said she also gained a great deal of respect for plankton.
"I loved the hands-on experience, and being in the field,” Brown said. “It makes me feel like if I went into marine biology that I wouldn't be lost.”
Brown will graduate in Spring 2018 from Oakwood University with a major in biology.
“JoJo was a fantastic intern,” Miller-Way said. “She worked hard, never shied away from trying something new and always had a positive attitude, even during the last week of our long summer. We will miss her and wish her a successful senior year.”