My CTE Internship was sponsored through the National Science Foundation. It involved work with an Arctic Polar Research Group at the University of Utah. Right from the start, I was given the task of analyzing satellite imagery of the Artic to look for plumes of pollution (mainly from forest fires) and how they interact with the cloud systems way up north. I then used computer coding to make visual representations of the data, showing the interactions between the pollution on cloud formation and inhibition. The title of my finished project was called Impacts of Long-Range Biomass Burning and Anthropogenic Pollution Transport on Arctic Clouds.
I had the opportunity to present my research at the American Geophysical Union 2015 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, and the entire trip was paid for by the National Science Foundation. I was the youngest presenter at the meeting, and I was among 24,000 attendees from around the world (about 40 percent international attendance). Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, Space-X, and PayPal, also spoke at this conference, and I was able to hear him!
In terms of career, a lot of work in research is very tedious and detail-oriented and there isn’t much room for mistakes. While I can work well in this type of environment, I think I’ll be better off somewhere where I can relax a bit (and talk to people more).
I was just accepted in to Stanford University and I will be attending this fall. While in San Francisco, I was able to visit the campus and meet with graduate students who are doing research in similar areas. I hope to continue some of my work there.
I’m happy to be a part of this program, and I’ve loved my CTE Internship experience!
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.
Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.
Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success