Q&A with Alexis Corcoran, 12, on summer internship

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Alexis Corcoran, 12, participates in a Biology Club meeting earlier this year. This interest in the sciences has motivated her to intern at the EPA over the summer. There, she will be doing field work and participating in government laboratories. Photo Courtesy of Alexis Corcoran.

Alexis Corcoran, 12, participates in a Biology Club meeting earlier this year. This interest in the sciences has motivated her to intern at the EPA over the summer. There, she will be doing field work and participating in government laboratories. Photo Courtesy of Alexis Corcoran.

Q: What are your plans for the summer?

A: Aside from working as a lifeguard at the Blue Ash swimming pool, I will be working at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a student volunteer and intern.

Q: What will you be doing there?

A: I’m working in the ecology branch. Mainly I will be working in the field but I will also get some lab experience as well. The group I am working with is focused on identifying DNA sequences in certain fish.

Q: What is the purpose of identifying the DNA?

A: They use this data to identify the best environments for these fish in rivers and streams. The ultimate goal is to protect our aquatic ecosystems, and it is a long and unfinished process, so they can use as much help as they can get.

Q: What fueled your interest for environmental science?

A: I took AP Environmental Science this year and really enjoyed it. Next year I plan to study and major in environmental science or public health at Wellesley College.

For more information on the EPA, visit EPA.gov.

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