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Caroline Kanaskie '17, an intern at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Caroline Kanaskie '17, a summer 2015 intern at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

An immersive internship has Caroline Kanaskie ’17 in the lake and the lab

by Lauren Davidson; video by Joe O'Neill

Meet Caroline Kanaskie '17, an intern at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Md. The environmental-science major is doing research on white-fingered and black-fingered mud crabs in the Chesapeake Bay and the invasive barnacle that is invading their habitat.

“No two days are ever the same for anyone here at SERC,” she says. “You could be on the water one day and in the lab the next or utilizing Excel or in the library.”

Kanaskie is also a coordinator for the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), which immerses Dickinson students in community engagement and science education. In true liberal-arts fashion, she has been able to connect her ALLARM experience to her classroom work and her internship to really get the most out of all aspects of her education.

Kanaskie is one of more than 400 Dickinson students gaining valuable experience this summer through internship and research opportunities around the world.

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Published July 29, 2015