Biological Science Technician, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, Maryland
U.S. Geological Survey
 
How Erich Lang got involved with U.S. Geological Survey
I received an email from the ISAT department about an internship opportunity with the USGS. I responded immediately because the job description aligned with the skills I had learned over my school career. Since the email was sent to the entire major, I assumed a lot of people would apply, but I wound up getting accepted that week.
 
Experience
One of the most memorable moments of this summer has been meeting all of the workers at Patuxent. Everyone has been friendly and genuinely interested in each other and their projects. I had always assumed that a government job would be filled with stuffed shirt bureaucrats, but the workers here have made this internship truly enjoyable.
 
Erich Lang's accomplishments
Though this internship has just begun, we have already planned and started to implement a site that will help biologists. Birders performing bird surveys in the field cannot always tell where or in which block they are standing. Our mobile website would allow them to access this information easily and also view data from previous surveys. If time allows, we may also include a mobile entry form that would quickly return results of the survey.
 
Erich Lang's next steps
My first goal is to finish my degree in Integrated Science and Technology. After graduating, I hope to earn a job that would use my scientific background as well as my geography minor. A continued career with the USGS would be ideal, since the agency has given a fun but challenging environment, but I would enjoy any job that would create a useful end product.
 
Hometown: Troutville, Virginia
School: James Madison University
Major: Integrated Science and Technology