Some students pursuing majors in the Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability are spending their summer in the field, supplementing their studies.
Anthony Armao ’15 (pictured above) is working for KS Engineers as a geotechnical engineering intern at the Goethals Bridge Reconstruction Project in Elizabeth, NJ. The Merrick, NY, resident explains, “My responsibilities involve anything subsurface; essentially working with the team that sets the foundation for the bridge columns.”
This opportunity is exposing Anthony to knowledge and experience in a number of areas, including boring logs that analyze the soil and rock layers where the bridge columns will be placed; the drilling of caissons (drilled shafts) to depths of 50-plus feet underground, past the groundwater table into bedrock; and the testing and mixing of concrete to make sure the composition is stable. Anthony is also getting an education in concrete reinforcement using steel rebars and the administrative work that is part of any large project. “This internship has undoubtedly given me a feel for what it’s like to be working in the field,” he says. “Additionally it’s a great project to be a part of and have on a resume.”
Anthony is set to graduate with his BS in geology this December and plans to pursue a master’s in petroleum geology. He has his sights set on a career in the fields of energy, petroleum and natural resources, and he’s considered the idea of possibly starting his own oil company.
Joshua Grossman ’16, a senior Sustainability Studies major from Plainview, NY, is working for the not-for-profit North Shore Land Alliance, which was founded to protect and preserve the green spaces, farmlands, wetlands, groundwater and historical sites of Long Island’s north shore. The Land Alliance’s designated area reaches from the southern boundary of the Northern State Parkway to the shore of Long Island Sound and from the western boundary of Nassau County to the western boundary of Brookhaven Township.
Josh says, “My responsibilities for this internship include GIS [Geographic Information Systems] mapping work; conservation stewardship, which includes removal of invasive species and planting native species on our preserves; and assisting in land acquisitions, which includes paper work, due diligence on properties and other legal work. Josh also started a fundraising initiative for the organization.
“I am enjoying my internship. Being able to work at a small not-for-profit that does such important work has given me the opportunity to improve my GIS skills and knowledge of local flora and fauna immensely.”
As Josh readies for his senior year, he is weighing whether he’d like to continue his studies in law school or a planning school where he would study the use and protection of land and the environment.
Great Neck, NY’s Jacob Mamiye ’18, a sophomore Sustainability Studies major, is doing his first internship at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis, WY. “We are the only museum that allows the general public to dig bones on the museum property,” he explains.
Jacob’s internship involves researching dinosaur bones and fossils and leading tours. “I’m studying pathologies or abnormalities in certain 150 million-year-old dinosaur bones. I wake up early five days a week to begin prepping [cleaning and exposing] bone from surrounding rocks. We also diligently map and record all findings in a log book and use a $40,000 camera to map the angle and location of bones before they are removed.”
Because of the hands-on nature of the museum, Jacob says when he’s working with the tour groups, “I have to make sure they don’t damage any bones. The groups I work with tend to vary in age but I mostly work with kids and teenagers.”
The work Jacob is doing this summer is putting him on the path toward his career goals. “I plan to get certified as a field paleontologist. This internship is helping me academically credit-wise and it is teaching me certain skills I must use as a geologist.
“Most importantly, this job is a dream come true.”