Melanie MarchettiMelanie Marchetti

Major: Environmental Science
Minor: Communications
Year of Graduation: 2014
Hometown: Warwick, RI
Internship: Massachusetts Bay Keepers

I am in charge of contacting volunteers for monthly beach cleanups and for researching the water quality of the beaches we are interested in like Wollaston Beach. I am also in charge of making flyers for publicity and I will analyze all the data we receive from the cleanups.

How did you hear about this internship and what made you want to apply?
Professor Twining told me about the internship. I applied because I am interested in pursuing a career involving the ocean when I graduate and, as an environmental science major, I feel it is my responsibility to clean up the earth.

What were some of the biggest challenges you faced and in what ways did you learn to overcome them?

The main challenge that I faced was dividing my time between my internship and school. Even though I can work from my room, there is a lot of research involved with the internship and it can take hours to complete. I was worried that my school work might start to decline but I have been able to manage my time a lot better now that I am used to the work.

How is this internship preparing you in your career path?
I plan on working towards a marine based career, eventually gaining experience with sharks. Having this internship opens the doors to a field in conservation. I gained the tools needed to analyze data from extensive water quality testing and I will eventually learn how to do those tests myself.