Sciences/Research - Winter Break Opportunity List

You can apply for opportunities through the Student Center, under the Center for Career Development, Winter Break Opportunities.

Applications are due by November 1 by 11:59 p.m.

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Job Shadowing:

Dr. Christine Densmore ‘1986, Veterinary Medical Officer, U.S. Geological Survey - Leestown Science Center (Location: Kearneysville, WV)  Shadow Description: I am a veterinarian working in the field of aquatic animal disease research with the federal government. I work side by side with scientists with backgrounds in microbiology, molecular biology, and fisheries biology to investigate diseases and research other health related problems that affect wild animals in aquatic environments. Our team could show you the type of work we do on a daily basis and discuss some of our research projects and how they relate to our mission of protecting our Nation's natural resources. This laboratory is located in the Eastern panhandle of West Virginia near Shepherdstown, WV. We are slightly under a 1.5 hour drive from Gettysburg College.

James Deriu ‘2000, Regional Practice Leader- Natural Resources Management, KCI Technologies, Inc. (Location: Sparks, MD)  Shadow Description: As Regional Practice Leader, I lead a staff of more than 20 in the assessment, design, and implementation of ecological restoration and permitting projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Our staff members complete assessment, survey, design, construction, inspection, and monitoring tasks associated with stream/wetland restoration and large scale watershed studies throughout the Chesapeake Bay Region, with a focus on NPDES and TMDL compliance programs. Fieldwork opportunities are likely to be a component of this work shadowing experience.

Cassie Pickens Jewell, 2004, Lead Program Analyst, Mathematica Policy Research (Location: Princton, NJ)  Shadow Description: Mathematica is an employee-owned, for-profit company dedicated to improving public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on information collection and analysis. Students involved in the job shadowing program will learn more about Mathematica's work domestic and public policy, in both the survey research and policy research divisions, and the different career opportunities available at the company.

Kim McMenamin ‘2008, Sr. Research Scientist, The Hershey Company (Location: Hershey, PA)  Shadow Description: Experience Product Development with the Hershey Company. Learn how chemistry, math, engineering and food science are all used when developing candy recipes.

Timothy Quinn P‘2019, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Geological Survey (Location: Reston, VA)  Shadow Description: Depending upon the interest of the student we could provide a variety of opportunities that occur at the USGS national headquarters. These include: Information Technology, Data Science and Modeling, Water Science, Chemistry, Geo Science, Hazards (volcano and earthquake) Science and Monitoring, Ecosystems Management, and Office of Communications.

Laurie Whitsel P‘2019, Director of Policy Research, American Heart Association (Location: Washington, DC)  Shadow Description: Will introduce students to the policy research work of the American Heart Association, translating science into policy at the national level in areas such as nutrition standards within government feeding programs, food labeling, exercise prescription, active design, tobacco prevention, hypertension treatment and control, systems of care, health IT, access to care and cardiac and stroke rehabilitation. The association’s policy research department provides evidence-review, modeling, and policy development as the foundation for the American Heart Association’s advocacy work at the national and state level. The shadowing experience will take place in our DC office.

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