Floating Lessons: Intern Blogs Week 7

The DeepCwind Consortium reviewed dozens of applications and placed 12 students around Maine and Washington, D.C. for eight-week-long summer internships. Follow this series to hear from the mouths of interns what it's like to work for companies that are launching the floating deepwater offshore wind industry.

Peter_web2Peter Drown (right), Undergraduate in Economics
Interning at Strategic Marketing Innovations (SMI), Washington, D.C.

This week was relatively quiet; most of my time is occupied with researching tax incentives and drafting white papers detailing the relevancy of these incentives. To help me in the process, I have tried looking at the issues from different perspectives, asking myself, “What would I want in the tax code if I were a developer, regulatory, policy-maker, etc?” I plan to write a cover page for the white papers with some of these ideas and suggestions for the tax policy committee to consider.

Realizing I only have one week left here in D.C., I need to start stepping up my job hunt with a greater sense of urgency. I plan to continue working on this concurrently with my activities for FLEX. I am filling out 501c(3) paperwork for the latter.

Alan Rounds, Undergraduate in Economics
Interning at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute

I have been putting together a presentation that I’ll give next week about the work I have been doing here at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. It’s quite a lot of work to explain the past seven weeks, which is good, because it means I’ve stayed busy. It has been rewarding to compile some of the work I’ve done and realize how much I’ve accomplished and produced in the short time I’ve been here.

Caitlin2_webCaitlin Howland, Undergraduate in Economics and Spanish
Interning at AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center

Waterskiing is summer to me. It always has been. I learned how to get up before I can remember and somehow manage to find zen and a little adventure every time I am privileged enough to go. It is an activity everyone should enjoy, so I am going to attempt to describe the basics of waterskiing to you.

There are three things you need to remember if you do nothing else waterskiing, the three golden rules:

  1. Head up.
  2. Knees bent.
  3. Arms straight.

When you begin waterskiing, sit on the floor on dry land and have someone help you up. The person helping you is your pretend boat. While sitting, have your knees to your chest and your arms around your knees in a nice tight ball. You want to stand up slowly, letting your bum slide into your ankles. Once you are standing (make sure your arms are straight!) you should be balanced and in the athletic position with your knees bent, your torso over your feet, and your back straight.

Waterskiing is all about timing. No one I have ever seen gets up on his or her first try, but people with perseverance always pull through.

Hannah Ruhl, Undergraduate in Food Science and Nutrition
Interning at AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center

Most of this week was spent working on the offshore wind exhibit we are putting together for the Maine Maritime Museum in a few weeks. Next week we are going to the museum in Bath to check out our space. I am looking forward to that trip; it will definitely help us to better visualize our final goal. I really enjoyed how creative we were about the exhibit’s displays and I loved all the crazy-awesome ideas we came up with. We had everything from a model-train inspired replica of Monhegan Island and the test site to an entire display made out of Legos. I was personally all for the Lego plan, but unfortunately it wasn’t really feasible with the time and budget we have.