The Marshall Summer Intern Program is a career-enhancing, science based internship focused on Everglades ecology and restoration and the unique Everglades ecosystem. It focuses on exploratory field experiences and mentor lectures.
The ten-week program, delivered in South Florida, invites qualified undergraduates, graduate students, PHD candidates and degree holders, within the last two years, to learn all aspects of the Everglades Ecosystem and its restoration. This includes in-depth field experiences, meaningful, resume-building academic research, and invaluable networking opportunities with regional and national environmental leaders. These leaders are participating in the most comprehensive restoration project in the world. ARMF Interns become knowledgeable Everglades stewards and a voice for conservation everywhere.
Krista recently graduated the University of South Florida, in Tampa Florida, with a Bachelor of Science in Geology, (Spring 2016.) This follows a lifelong interest in geology, beginning when she was just three years old. Krista remembers looking at the ground and wondering why there were shells there when they didn’t live on the water.
Born in Pahokee, Florida, Krista grew up in the nearby, soil-rich area of South Bay and Clewiston, the youngest of four kids. Agriculture and farming were always present in these small towns at the southern end of Lake Okeechobee. Her older brother and father work in farming.
In high school, Krista excelled in sports, especially soccer and track and field and continues to be active today, generally running five miles, three times weekly. When she was in the eighth grade, a motivational speaker came to her school and inspired her to do research and pursue her interest. Wherein she decided to major in geology in college.
Krista learned topographic, coastal and well surveying at the University of South Florida and related technical training. She also attended three summer field camps: one in Idaho, studying structural geology; coastal field surveying and observations in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina and hydrology, analyzing sink hole and bore holes and well surveying in Florida.
The Everglades has always been very important to Krista, who now lives in Clewiston. Few living in this area escapes its importance. She has lived it. It is for this reason that she would like to focus on hydrology as her life work.
“I pursued this internship for the sole reason of what the Arthur R. Marshall foundation stands for. I truly believe in the value of the Everglades, not only from an ecological standpoint, but also as a resident in the South Florida area. Finding the balance between what's environmentally and economically right is definitely a challenge. I am proud to be a part of this wonderful program.”
Feraldo’s impressive resume begins in Freeport Bahamas, where he was born and raised. There, an administrator at his high school encouraged this bright young student to continue his education, and as an alumni of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, encouraged him to apply there. He received a scholarship and graduated in 2004, with a major in biology.
In Freeport, he began work as a lab technician performing testing on fuel/crude oil, learning the importance of a clean and safe environment. However, being in a lab all day wasn’t for him.
Feraldo began working with the Department of Environmental Health Services, in Freeport, as an Environmental Health Inspector. Along the way, he acquired numerous certifications and decided to continue his education back in the states. He received a Master of Science in Environmental Management from Samford University in Birmingham Alabama, in 2010.
Returning to Freeport, Feraldo began working for a research company as a Data Analyst Manager and then as Safety Officer for Freeport Container Port (Hutchison Port Holdings,) providing technical safety and health support to operational and administrative personnel. He was then promoted to Safety Coordinator working in all aspects of safety, supervising programs and activities required under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. He created the first environmental program at Freeport Harbour, which was then able to obtain environmental certification (ISO 14001.)
Understanding that there is a need for improvement in policies and compliance affecting environmental safety in the Bahamas, Feraldo is now attending Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, as a doctoral student in environmental science, specializing in environmental policy and risk management. His thesis will focus on climate change in the Bahamas.
Feraldo continues to receive his inspiration from his mom, who worked hard to raise three kids, with a high school education. (A sister also has her master’s degree.) “She wanted us to have a better life,” he said.
By attending the ARMF Summer Intern Program, Feraldo wants to broaden and enhance his experience in the environmental field. “The importance of the Everglades is well known and discussed heavily in my current program of study. There are components in policy, climate change, field observations, and contact with environmental regulatory agencies and politicians that will be helpful in my career. Having first hand involvement with the restoration of this historic ecosystem will be a once in a lifetime experience.”
Growing up in the little town of Monroe, Connecticut, Andrew’s favorite activity was watching the Discovery Channel. He loved any program about the environment. In high school he concentrated on science courses and later, decided to major in environmental science at the University of Notre Dame, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 2014. The “Fighting Irish” blood runs in the family…his father graduated from Notre Dame, as well as his older sister. His younger sister is currently attending there. Yes, he is the middle child, he lamented.
During his years at Notre Dame, Andrew interned at an environmental engineering firm for reports on soil remediation. He also volunteered as an undergraduate research assistant analyzing mercury concentration in salmon from the Great Lakes and its effect on water pollution in streams and rivers.
Since graduation, Andrew has been working as a Senior Engineering Technician for Geosyntec Consultants in Princeton, New Jersey. He led and participated in a variety of field events conducting groundwater and sediment sampling, working with subcontractors to perform drilling, sampling and construction tasks.
Andrew recently left the firm and after his Marshall Foundation internship, will be looking for opportunities in aquatic environmental work and continuing his education to attain his Master’s Degree.
“I am very excited about this internship to learn the many facets of conservation, specifically the aquatic environment of the Everglades,” Andrew said.
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