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Aquarium Volunteers and Interns Go on to Careers in Science
Sara Weisberg admires the marine life while diving in one of the Aquarium's exhibits.  | Julie Hanna
This still from Fukushima and Our Radioactive Ocean illustrates the tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 and caused the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident.
Pinecone fish are now on display in the Wonders of the Deep gallery.  | Andrew Reitsma
Third graders from Norwalk pose with former Dodgers pitcher Dennis Powell during a field trip sponsored by the Dodgers Foundation.
Students will be able to select sustainable seafood in USC's dining rooms.  | USC Hospitality
One of two zebra shark pups born via artificial insemination was added to the shallow pool in Shark Lagoon. Pictured: Lauren Harper, Aquarium of the Pacific aquarist.
This dataset visualization for NOAA's Science on a Sphere shows 11 percent of ships reporting their routes during 2004 and 2005. High-traffic routes are highlighted in red.

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March 23, 2015

Many young students who have volunteered at the Aquarium have gone on to pursue careers in science or other STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Their experiences at the Aquarium learning about the Pacific Ocean often inspire an interest in science and science interpretation, helping the public to better understand science topics and current environmental issues.

Alisa Kim
Alisa Kim hangs out with a colorful lorikeet while logging volunteer hours with the VolunTEEN program. | Courtesy of Alisa Kim
Alisa Kim volunteered at the Aquarium for about four years, starting as a high school freshman helping at Aquarium events. She participated in the Aquarium’s VolunTEEN program, and eventually served as a VolunTEEN mentor and education department volunteer. Kim went on to attend the University of California, Davis, where she majored in environment and resources science. “I would say the Aquarium definitely played a hand in solidifying my interests in the natural sciences,” Kim says. Her experience as a volunteer at the Aquarium prompted her to seek out a career in which she would be able to help educate the public on environmental issues. She now holds a position as an education specialist at the LA Zoo.

Sara Weisberg was a dive safety intern at the Aquarium during the summer of 2009. During her internship, she earned an American Academy of Underwater Sciences Scientific Diving certification. She also participated in dive shows in the Honda Blue Cavern and Tropical Reef exhibits. She later earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Colorado University, Boulder, and became a scientific diver with the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Marine Science Institute, a position she says she was able to achieve in part due to her past experience at the Aquarium. Weisberg recently earned a master’s degree in zoology and is now the extended learning programs coordinator for the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California.

Visit the Aquarium’s website to learn more about volunteer and internship opportunities for kids and teens.

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