Floating Lessons: Intern Blogs Week 5

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.

Terran Siladi, Undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering
Interning at AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center


[Editor’s note: Why haven’t we seen any bread in the office?]

Continuing with my thread from a few weeks ago about living on my own in an apartment, I thought I’d add a little commentary on some of my recent culinary undertakings. I love to cook and have for a long time, so when I moved into my own apartment with a kitchen I was quite excited. My latest undertaking has been to bake my own artisan bread, and I could not be more happy with the result.

I began experimenting by creating a batch of “no-knead” dough—similar to artisan bread, just made in smaller batches. This turned out wonderfully and I was thus inspired to continue with a batch of the artisan dough. The loaves have been coming out wonderfully: round and well-risen with a nice hearty crust, and an excellent flavor that is a little like a mild sourdough. As an added bonus these loaves cost less then 50¢— something I can fully appreciate as a poor starving college student.

For those of you who are interested in trying the artisan bread on your own, the recipe is very simple.


6.5 cups of flour
1.5 tablespoons of instant yeast
1.5 tablespoons of salt
Stir in 3 cups of water

This will form a loose dough which should be left to rise for 2-5 hours, then refrigerated for up to two weeks in a non-airtight container. Whenever you want to bake a loaf of bread simply cut a chunk of dough (think grapefruit-sized) and let it rise for half an hour, then bake at 450°F for another 30 minutes on a cookie sheet or baking stone. (Word to the wise: put flour or corn meal down first to prevent sticking.)

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

This week at GMRI has felt very productive as I have been working on some more concrete projects. The week has been short due to the 4th of July falling on a Monday, but I’ve been able to make great progress on the Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning informational poster. I have produced a first draft that I have edited once since. From this point, it will go to the professional graphic design person and then the revisions will go through him. People around the office seemed to be generally pleased with what I had produced for the first draft of the informational poster. It was good to get some positive feedback.

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

I have a new project this week in an area I am totally unfamiliar with. Awesome. Have you ever heard of an infographic? It is an information-heavy graphic usually found online or in a magazine. You should Google them and check it out. They are pretty cool. I am a quarter of a team creating a magazine article regarding the future of natural gas and how it relates to the future of wind energy. The concept is to show how the two sources of energy can work as a team and not only coexist, but actually work together.

Dustin2_webDustin Jalbert, Masters Candidate International Finance and Economics (Brandeis)
Interning at AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center

The days in the office have definitely been going by much more rapidly as the weeks have progressed. Most of us are involved in multiple projects, so it’s been pretty tough to find a dull moment. Between writing a market analysis for offshore wind, collaborating on a National Geographic-style article, and keeping up with my usual economic news updates for the coworkers, I feel pretty satisfied with the variety of work I’ve been involved with.

I’m especially excited about the article we are starting to work on. One of my many long-term pipe dreams is to be a big name writer for a premiere magazine like Time or The Economist. Though I’m not exactly a trained writer, the profession has always been of interest to me, and I’ve always loved reading pieces regarding political, economic, and social issues from these magazines. Being involved with this project should be a lot of fun for me!