Jacob Schreiber ’11 is spending this summer interning at the Finger Lakes Institute on the Hobart and William Smith campus. Schreiber learned of this internship through the Salisbury Center for Career Services and realized this was the perfect fit for him. His internship along with another student intern at the FLI, are funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Over the course of the summer Schreiber will be collecting data as part of a baseline study of stream sites that are part of the Finger Lakes Stream Monitoring Network, a volunteer monitoring program coordinated by the FLI with funding from Time Warner Cable, Inc. Besides collecting data at area streams Schreiber is also documenting the work, creating educational videos in order to easily and effectively teach new volunteers the proper techniques of stream monitoring.
At HWS, Schreiber has taken various science and environmental studies courses, such as “Environmental Studies of Water,” which ties together our environment and the water within that pertains to our survival. He has also studied abroad in Australia, where his coursework was heavy in the sciences, including Marine Biology and Ecology.
“Much of this, I believe, has contributed to my continued interest in environmental science as well as the study of water. I have always been involved in the environment with my family, and I have only become more serious as I have taken more and more environmental sciences courses,” he said.
Through collaboration with the offices of the local and state government and regional environmental partners, the FLI fosters environmentally-sound development practices throughout the region and disseminates the accumulated knowledge to the general public. FLI’s goals are to: serve as a clearinghouse for environmental information about the region, enhance understanding of environmental issues by regional policy makers and the general public, construct models that integrate the economic and environmental impacts of specific economic development strategies, and create and disseminate educational resources and opportunities at all levels.
During this internship Schreiber hopes to gain new research techniques that will carry over into his future choices, whether it’s grad school, teaching or other experiences. Schreiber is active in community service, both in his hometown of Minneapolis, where he taught youth soccer, as well as at HWS, where he is the vice president of the soccer club.