Biology major Morgan Burgess ’15 recently completed a 10-week internship with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, working in the Microbiology Department.
After demonstrating the skills and knowledge that she has gained as an HWS student, Burgess was given the opportunity to receive training in laboratory techniques for the City of New York – a privilege normally reserved for full-time employees. She was trained to perform a “Total Suspended Solids” analysis of water samples.
“The depth of laboratory experience from my courses at HWS allowed me to excel in the workplace,” Burgess says. “Access into employee training is based on skill level and knowledge.”
In addition to the training, Burgess archived projects completed from 2010 to 2013, shadowed employees in the lab of the Wet Chemistry Department, and more.
“I was able to receive valuable work experience in the field of biology,” she says. “The internship provided me with significant experience in the field.”
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection protects public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating waste water, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution. Distributing more than one billion gallons of clean drinking water each day to nine million New Yorkers, the New York City DEP oversees one of the largest capital construction programs in the region.