Chesapeake Bay Program in Environmental Studies

Internship Opportunity - Water Quality Monitoring & Analysis

The Chesapeake Bay Program in Environmental Studies invites applications for a paid internship hosted by the Richmond Office of the US Geological Survey every June-August. We seek a motivated individual with an interest in water resources or related professions. The intern will work full-time at the USGS to learn methods of water quality monitoring and analysis. The USGS is the nation's premier agency for monitoring of water resources; the intern will be working directly with scientists at the agency. Training will be provided in field methods for instrument calibration and collecting / analyzing water quality samples. There will also be opportunities for learning methods of data analysis pertaining to nutrient dynamics in the freshwater tidal zone of the James River and throughout the watershed. Upon returning to W&L, the student will apply these new skills to help maintain a monthly water quality monitoring program in Woods Creek in conjunction with ongoing efforts by W&L faculty. This work can correspond to a credit-bearing independent study through Environmental Studies if appropriate.

A stipend is provided and housing near Richmond will be available through research partners at Randolph-Macon College. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter describing their interests and qualifications as well as a resume that includes a listing of relevant coursework to Robert Humston (Biology Department; humstonr@wlu.edu). Please list one W&L professor that can serve as a reference on your application. Applications are usually due mid-February.