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Internships and Field Placements

Taylor Tibbs ’17

Major(s)

Biology

Hometown

Cicero, Ind.

Name of Business/Organization

Kenosha County Parks

Internship Position

Project Researcher

Give three words that sum up your internship experience.

Local, Prairie, Restoration

How did you learn about your internship?

“I applied to the Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Grant and was informed of the position by Carthage’s Career Services and Internship office.”

Describe your internship.

“The aim of my internship is to design a local prairie restoration. This involves becoming familiar with the chosen restoration site and researching the methods of establishing and maintaining a native Wisconsin prairie. My tasks include gathering on-site soil samples, compiling an ideal list of prospective plant species, and identifying a grant source to fund the restoration.”

What do you enjoy most about your internship? What are some of the challenges?

“I most enjoy that this experience offers me the chance to learn something new. For the past three years I have primarily focused on molecular and cellular biology in my studies and research. This project provides me with an ecological perspective and allows me to broaden my skills. The most challenging aspect of this project is balancing it with my other responsibilities. I am a full-time student, biology laboratory assistant, and an avid researcher. While studying for my courses and working in the laboratory, I strive to ensure that this project receives the attention it deserves.”

How does your internship fit with your long-term career goals?

“This opportunity provides me with valuable work experience outside of the laboratory and the chance to expand my social and professional network.”

During your internship search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?

“What sets me apart from my colleagues is most likely the breadth of my research experience. I have continuously sought out research opportunities since my freshman year, during which I participated in the isolation and characterization of novel bacteriophage (viruses that infect bacteria) in Carthage’s “Phage Hunters” course sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. From there, I went on to pursue a summer research experience at Purdue University, where I spent 40 hours a week in the biochemistry lab of Prof. Barbara Golden studying ribozymes. Once I returned to the shores of Lake Michigan, I began my own independent research project with Prof. Deborah Tobiason focusing on an innovative genetic application called “CRISPR” – a project that has ultimately become the topic of my senior thesis.”

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship search process?

“The support of the Carthage Career Services was most helpful in my search for an internship opportunity.”

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?

“Don’t be afraid to try something new.”

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