Learning doesn’t get more hands-on than at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland, just 10 minutes from campus. Marine biology major Caroline Rosendahl ’19 spent the semester at the raptor trauma clinic, where she tended to injured eagles, owls, and hawks in hopes of rehabilitating them to return to the wild.
When an injured bird came into the clinic, Rosendahl would perform mobility and eye exams and evaluate the bird’s pain response. She would then administer lab diagnostics by looking at blood and fecal samples under the microscope to determine if the raptor had internal parasites or might be fighting off a disease. She prepared medication, mastered how to hand-feed the birds if they weren’t eating properly, and learned how to perform a necropsy in the event the bird couldn’t be saved.
In previous internships at NASA, Gutensohn handled software development at the Jet Propulsion Lab in California, where he’s headed again this summer, and computer engineering at KSC’s Grounds Systems Development and Operations Program.
“I went to Kennedy Space Center for the first time with my little brother in January 2017, and walking out there I said, ‘I’m gonna work here one day.’ Every morning I drove toward that big Vehicle Assembly Building, I never got over the fact I was working at NASA. It’s a highly sought-after opportunity—a few hundred applicants applied.”
“We got to partner with the photographers from the St. Louis Ballet to do a photo shoot called Dancers and Dogs, which focused on portraying the lighter side of dancers to show that ballet isn’t stuffy and strict,” says Webb. “I was able to work with the dancers and the dogs and create the social media coverage from the event, doing Facebook Live and Instagram Stories that received sizable engagement.”
“It was such an incredible experience to sit in on actual meetings about the future of social media and to learn how to formulate and execute effective media campaigns,” says Webb. “I learned how to get people interested in what we had to offer as a company and as a school.”