Summer Intern Series: Meet Rachel Banuelos
The #bureauofreclamation offers diverse #internship opportunities for #students interested in #engineering#hydrology#biology#chemistry#geology and much more. At Reclamation, we want to see college students land a job that will fulfill their interests.
Rachel Banuelos from Watsonville, #california is completing her #summer internship with Reclamation, and recently graduated from #cornelluniversity where she studied Science of Earth Systems in the school’s College of #engineering She found the internship through the #hispanicaccessfoundation and her interest in conducting #research with invasive species led her to an internship opportunity in Reclamation’s Detection Lab of Exotic Species.
Rachel’s favorite experiences have taken place while working in the field. She says, “I was able to visit Reclamation reservoirs and collect samples that we would later analyze. Usually we are analyzing samples that are sent to us, so it was cool to see the process of how samples are collected, and do it ourselves.”She says, “Most of my time in the lab is dedicated to detecting #zebramussels so learning more about this #invasivespecies and what Reclamation is doing to combat the spread, has been very interesting.” Working with engineers and non-engineers has provided Rachel with a unique opportunity to collaborate with people from a variety of academic disciplines, and though the work is sometimes challenging, she appreciates the experience and plans to take these lessons with her as she moves into a #career position.Rachel is considering the pursuit of her Master’s degree in Engineering or #environmentalscience and she is also considering a career with Reclamation in the future. She says, “I like the people I work with and the atmosphere, so it would be a fun place to work.” #water#work#usinterior#summerjob
Summer Intern Series: Meet Kelly Ramaeker
The Bureau of Reclamation offers diverse internship opportunities for students interested in engineering, hydrology, biology, chemistry, geology, and much more. At Reclamation, we want to see college students land a job that will fulfill their interests. This summer, Kelly Ramaeker from Mountain Grove, Missouri, is completing an internship with Reclamation. She is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wyoming, in Laramie. Since beginning her internship, Kelly has been working on an auxiliary piping project in a reverse osmosis desalting plant, and has enjoyed learning about the system’s functionality and operations. Throughout the course of her internship, Kelly says, “I have not stopped learning. Every project I work on [gives me] the chance to learn new things.” So far, Kelly has been improving her proficiency in using several types of modeling programs, and is learning about finite element analysis and piping calculations.
Because a day in the life of a Reclamation employee is rarely the same from one day to the next, Kelly is able to experience the challenges associated with learning new concepts on a regular basis. She credits the supportive engineers for their patience and dedication toward ensuring that Kelly learns as much as she can while she’s completing her internship.
In the future, Kelly is planning to obtain her Master’s degree in the Sustainable Energy field, and she’s even thinking about returning to Reclamation at some point. Kelly says, “I enjoy the work, and I think it would be fun to work in a place where I have the option to work on anything from auxiliary piping to working with Servo Motors.”
From Kelly’s perspective, the work performed by Reclamation employees is vital to people in the West because it provides water resources to households and industries through a clean energy platform.
Learn more about internships with Reclamation at www.usbr.gov!
Currently, Rob is enjoying the opportunity to further his experience in biology and chemistry concepts while learning about the PCR gene sequencing machine, located in Reclamation’s Detection Laboratory for Exotic Species (RDLES). His work involves amplifying DNA in order to effectively detect the presence of invasive mussels among different samples of water. Rob is hoping to find #work that resembles the work he has done at #Reclamation throughout his internship.
When asked about whether or not he may eventually come back to Reclamation, Rob explained, “I am considering a future career with Reclamation because I appreciate, and am interested in, the work being done at the various facilities. The work environment here at Reclamation is superb. Even as an intern, I know that everyone wants me to learn and gain the most I can from my experience here.”
Rob recognizes the important role the Bureau of Reclamation plays in society because our agency deals with #infrastructure and #water issues that directly affect citizens of the #unitedstates He feels that the work being done in the RDLES lab is both important and necessary in order to combat and manage the issue of invasive species in the western region’s water systems. "The maintenance and operations of [Reclamation’s] facilities throughout the western region would not run as smoothly, and would not be as safe without the work being done by Reclamation.”
The #bureauofreclamation is the nation’s second largest producer of #hydroelectric#power Today, Reclamation owns 76 power plants, and operates and maintains 53 of those plants.
The 53 hydroelectric power plants account for 15% of the United States’ hydroelectric generating capacity.
Each year, Reclamation generates more than 40 BILLION kilowatt hours of #elecrticity which is enough to supply electricity to more than 3.5 million U.S. households.
Learn more about the power #madeinamerica by the Bureau of Reclamation at usbr.gov!
#summer#intern Series: Nathan “Nate” de Ropp
The Bureau of Reclamation offers diverse #internship opportunities for #students interested in #engineering#hydrology#water#biology#chemistry#geology and much more. At #Reclamation , we want to see #college students land a #job that will fulfill their interests.
One of the interns with us this summer, Nathan or “Nate” de Ropp, comes to us from Davis, #california and is enrolled in a Bachelor of #science degree program focused on #civil and #environmental Engineering at the #university of California, #losangeles
Currently, Nate is working on designing #water treatment options for groundwater sources throughout the #navajonation The opportunity provides him with experience #working with, and knowledge about, ion-exchange membranes which he feels will be helpful as he moves toward a #career
Nate’s internship is challenging, and requires him to learn new concepts quickly – especially when it comes to applied chemistry. This is a challenge commonly experienced within most career positions, and enables students to recognize the importance of flexibility and being able to work in a fast-paced environment.
Right now, Nate is preparing to finish his Undergraduate degree. He’s considering whether to pursue a Master’s degree in #water resources and hydrology, or to move straight into a career position upon graduation. A #future with Reclamation may be in the works. Nate is considering a position with us once he graduates and says, “The work here seems fascinating and fulfilling.”
Our internship opportunities provide students with a chance to recognize the importance and value of infrastructure and water management in the American west. As Nate says, “Somebody’s got to manage the water in the West.” He’s right, and we need students like Nate to help us continue our operations well into the future.
It’s #madeinamerica week! Beginning in the early 1900s, Reclamation’s mission was to make #water accessible to households, industries, and agriculture throughout the arid American West. #reclamation projects currently provide water to about one-third of the population living in the American West. Learn more about how Reclamation makes water work in the West at www.usbr.gov! #bureauofreclamation#usinterior
Our #DamoftheWeek Shasta Dam, located near Redding, #california was built between 1938 and 1945. The dam is a 602-foot-high concrete gravity dam which provides flood control, power, and water supply benefits. The reservoir is also used extensively for recreation. Shasta Dam and Shasta Reservoir are key facilities in the Central Valley Project. The water stored in the reservoir represents about 41 percent of the stored water in the CVP. #shastalake is fed by the Sacramento, Pit, and McCloud rivers, with additional water coming from Squaw Creek. Learn more about #shastadam at www.usbr.gov! #cawater#water#photo#bureauofreclamation#usinterior#instagram#monday
Did you know that our #DamOfTheWeek, Shasta Dam, has a storage capacity of 4,552,000 acre-ft of water? In this footage, #ShastaDam is releasing water during normal Spring runoff operations. Thanks to Reclamation’s Sheri Harral for today’s video.