Harbor Watch Environmental Education Student Internship Program

The Harbor Watch Environmental Education Student Internship Program (EESIP) at Earthplace is designed to give area high school students an out-of-the-classroom, hands-on experience working in scientific research.

Working in a state certified laboratory and under supervision of Harbor Watch staff, students are formed into research teams and are given the opportunity to conduct all the research themselves on an impaired waterway, compile the data, and present their findings at the annual Water Quality Symposium held at Earthplace. They are encouraged to think critically and test their hypotheses about possible sources of contamination in their assigned river. All data collected are sent to the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Water Management Bureau, various town Conservation and Health Departments, and/or the Environmental Protection Agency.

The program is designed to allow student teams to have time working both in the field and in the laboratory to gain a better understanding of the collected data and the land use of their assigned waterway. With a better understanding of the material and scientific processes, Harbor Watch believes that the students will be better prepared for college and post college careers. They will also have an appreciation for working as a team on a complicated environmental problem where each individual may contribute to the final answers. Part of the EESIP is to develop good public speaking skills in a scientific format where the student experiences answering questions from an audience.

The program is offered to any area high school sophomores, juniors or seniors. For more information or to sign up for the program, please contact harborwatchriverwatch@gmail.com.