Capstone Projects and Internships

A Capstone Project provides an opportunity for students explore a topic in detail, usually involving independent analysis of information collected by others to address a problem of consequence in your field.  An internship is a valuable way for students to obtain real world experience with organizations such as companies, governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), or educational facilities. Most students conduct their Capstone Projects or Internships during the summer, though students make also take these courses during fall or spring semesters.

Sarah Bailey

Sarah conducted an internship on Atlantic croaker with Dr. John Hare at the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) office in Narragansett, RI.
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Amanda Eplett

Amanda interned with NMFS Office of Protected Resources, Endangered Species Conservation Division developing a first draft of a 5-year review for the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus).
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Nico Hernandez

Nico interned with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Conservation Science Division, creating socioeconomic profiles of users operating in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.
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Sara Hugentobler

Sara Hugentobler received National Science Foundation funding to research the migration patterns of Pacific Bluefin Tuna in the West Pacific Ocean via stable isotope analysis.
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Carolyn Sukowski

Carolyn conducted migratory shorebird surveys and assessed the importance of horseshoe crab eggs on shorebird diet in the New York Marine District with the goal being to collect data that will inform future management decisions for these species.
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Kenneth Lang

Kenneth completed an internship with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) / Global Environment Facility (GEF) International Waters Programme.
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Elyssa Hopkins

Elyssa completed an internship with the Southampton Town Trustees in which she worked with threatened and endangered coastal species on Long Island.
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Sean Darsee

Sean developed an iPhone app to help border control and law enforcement personnel identify traded fins from five especially threatened shark species.
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Other examples of organizations that our students have worked with include:

Marine Conservation and Policy Program, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences,  Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5000