Isaac Randall '23
I chose UNE for Marine Affairs because if you're going for anything that's marine based, [UNE] is a really great location. Marine Affairs is a relatively small major. Because of that, we have one professor that deals with all of the Marine Affairs classes, so you really get to have a good connection with them. UNE is a big family, in the School of Marine and Environmental Programs, everybody knows everybody so you’re always going to have friends in your classes.
My internship was with General Dynamics at Bath Iron Works. I did environmental health and safety (EHS). Within EHS, there's the environmental department, safety department, the laboratory, and industrial hygiene. They really got me involved with every department. There’s a policy aspect [to the work] that is a lot of what we’re [learning] in class. For example, I went to the main facility in Bath and all of the Brunswick facilities and ensured they have all of the spill prevention materials that they need in case a spill were to occur. We’re making sure we comply with the EPA and DEP laws. I'm thankful for the opportunity from UNE to provide an internship course throughout the summer. Internships are all about finding what you really want to do. I think [everything I learned] is all transferable to whatever I'm going to be doing in the future. I made a lot of connections throughout the internship, which is probably the most important thing.