Hydrology Intern, New Jersey Water Science Center, West Trenton, New Jersey
U.S. Geological Survey
 
How Jessica Centinaro got involved with U.S. Geological Survey
I found out about the SCEP program through a professor at my university. He sent out a mass email alerting students with GIS experience that there were intern positions available within the USGS for students who had a GIS background. I fell into that category and wasted no time applying.
 
Experience
Recently I went out and collected water samples from a well in Ocean County, NJ. It may sound simple but I was intrigued by how in depth the process actually is. I learned about the numerous processes used to test for different things. It was interesting to see how different samples are collected and processed.
 
Jessica Centinaro's accomplishments
The project I am currently assisting someone with is an investigation of ground water conditions and ground water-surface water interactions in the lower Maurice and Cohansey River basins in Cumberland County, New Jersey. This study is being done in support of water supply planning in Southeast New Jersey. The demand for water in this area will begin to put stress on both the ground water and surface water systems. The main goal of this project is to develop a ground water flow model that can be used to predict effects on streamflow from pumpage in the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer system. My role in this project has mainly been data manipulation.
 
Jessica Centinaro's next steps
I am attending Montclair State University in the fall (2012) to pursue a graduate degree in Environmental Management. I plan on attending full time and completing my degree in the spring of 2014. I would love to keep a connection with the USGS and intern again or potentially get hired full time. I would also like to explore other possibilities within the different federal government agencies.
 
Hometown: Bloomfield , New Jersey
School: Montclair State University
Major: BA in Geography/Environmental Studies; pursuing MA in Environmental Management