As we gear up for another exciting summer, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF) welcomes two new faces as part of our summer internship program. This year we are thrilled to have Sam Frundle, Fisheries Education Intern, and Lexie Elston, Communications Intern, join the team. The two college students will spend their summer interning in Stonington under the mentorship of our staff. They’ll have the opportunity to get their hands dirty, completing fieldwork related to their respective studies.
Sam Frundle, Fisheries Education Intern
Sam Frundle traveled to the coast of Maine from Iowa State University, where she’ll welcome visitors to our education center, Discovery Wharf. Sam will spend the summer educating guests about the Gulf of Maine’s marine ecosystem and bringing the fisheries experience from water to land with three hands-on exhibits, including a marine touch tank, interactive touch wall, and new virtual reality experience. She will care for the marine animals on display while working with local fishermen who contribute critters to our touch tank. Sam is a senior, studying environmental science and agronomy. She hopes to work for the Peace Corps in the agriculture sector. She plans to continue her studies and pursue a master’s degree, which will allow her to work in water quality and soil conservation. When stumbling across our call for interns, Sam quickly aligned her values and love for community engagement and outreach with the work of MCCF, making her the ideal candidate.
Sam had not previously visited the Pine Tree State and is already making plans to visit Acadia National Park and Prince Edward Island. Most of all, she is looking forward to the many tastes of Maine including the plethora of lobster dishes served along the coast. Sam hopes to gain a better understanding of fishing communities, the efforts being made to create more sustainable systems, and the chance to engage and learn from the staff and the community.
Lexie Elston, Communications Intern
Maine native, Lexie Elston, will spend the summer working in our communications department where she will create exciting and fresh content to promote MCCF’s work throughout the summer. Lexie comes from the University of Southern Maine where she began her college career as a communications and media major. Through trial and error as well as eye-opening opportunities, she transitioned to an environmental science major. Once she attains her bachelor’s degree, she plans to attend Texas A&M University at Galveston where she will work towards a master’s degree in marine biology, on her way to a career working as a biologist or researcher for the US Department of the Interior or the National Park Service. She looks forward to tapping into her creative side, as well as being submerged in fisheries management and marine environments.
Lexie brings a passion for the outdoors and looks forward to many hiking trips in Acadia and on the coast of Maine. She has hopes of experiencing a day on the water working alongside a local lobsterman. Lexie is currently training for multiple athletic events including running a marathon and competing in the Miss USA pageant this fall.
Our doors are open, our staff is hard at work, and our interns are ready to apply what they have learned inside the classroom to their internships. When you visit Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries and Discovery Wharf, Sam and Lexie will be ready to answer your questions. Our internship program creates educational experiences for the future of the fishing industry.
To learn more about our internship program and future opportunities, visit us online at https://coastalfisheries.org/join/careers/.