Kimmy Kraeer ‘07 interned with the Center for Environment & Society in the summers after her sophomore and junior years, assisting Dr. Wayne Bell with the MD/DC Breeding Bird Atlas project.
The completed Atlas will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press this winter, and is available through the MD Ornithological Society. CES then helped to get Kimmy her first post-graduation internship at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum during the summer of 2007, working as an intern in the educational department.
Where She Is Now
I’ve had several internships and grant funded positions in the biology or environmental fields. It was a great way to meet a lot of really fantastic people and widen my skill set and experiences, which came in handy when applying to grad school. I am currently pursuing my MS in Biology as a second year Masters student at American University in Washington DC, where my undergrad accomplishments and post-graduation experiences landed me with a full scholarship plus a stipend! I am studying the relationship between metabolic rate and tissue turnover in two different strains of rats. I am also a teaching assistant for General Biology, where I am gaining teaching experience by preparing lab lesson plans, setting up and teaching the lab sections, and grading assignments.
I’ve also been working at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. I started there as an observational volunteer in the summer of 2007, and have since worked various internship, volunteer, and full-time positions in the Marine Mammal Training department. A goal of mine since the age of seven, it truly is amazing to work alongside these highly intelligent animals. Visiting the Baltimore Aquarium as a kid was one of my inspirations for entering the biological sciences, and I hope that by being a part of the show, I can help spread the message of environmental conservation to future generations.