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Publication Date

Fall 2012


NOAA, College internship, Environmental policy


When I started looking for internship opportunities for this past summer, I hoped to find something that was rooted in environmental policy, but that would result in real changes in communities and the environment. I also hoped that my internship would introduce me to a variety of different careers that I could pursue after graduating from Huxley College of the Environment at WWU. I applied for an internship at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration knowing that working there would offer the rewarding and challenging experience I was looking for.

My learning objectives at the beginning of my internship were to explore the role that environmental lawyers play in protecting the environment, learn what skills 1 would need to develop and what training I would need to complete in order to be an effective environmental lawyer, and talk with other environmental professionals working at NOAA to explore a wider variety of careers. I also wanted to learn how the lawyers at NOAA further the agency’s mission, how NOAA responds to environmental disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and how natural resource damage assessment impacts federal environmental cases. Beyond these objectives, I knew that my role as a legal assistant would be a flexible one, and I was ready to be useful in any way I could.


Environmental Studies

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Internship program--Washington (State)

Subjects - Names (LCNAF)

United States. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration--Study and teaching (Internship)


student projects; term papers




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