Internship Field: Eastern European Studies
Major: Geological and Environmental Studies
Minor: Russian and Eastern European Studies
Host: Zentrum für Agrarlandschaft- und Landnutzungsforschung e.V. (ZALF; Center for Agricultural and Land Use Research)
Location: Müncheberg bei Berlin (actual work partly also at other places in the land Brandenburg, like Niedergorsdorf near Jüterborg)
Duration: 6 weeks, Summer 2000
Description: My main project was assisting an researcher with his Ph.D. project work. Tasks included, collecting soil samples in the field, working with soil samples in the lab, analyzing GPS data and field data with arcview and other geographic information system applications. I also accompanied him to seminars about current farming practices in the region and talked with people who worked on the farm. I also worked at ZALF and while I was there I shadowed various research groups. The research projects included, GPS land use mapping, botanical field mapping, and small scale, organic, scientific farming.
Comments: I learned a lot about agricuture and soil science and how land use research is conducted in Germany. My projects were worthwhile and I learned a lot that will be valuable background for me in the future when I need to deal with agricultural, and soil, and land use issues. I really enjoyed working in the field and ... it was great to get to know the people I worked with and be able to live in the countryside and appreciate the recreational opportunities and landscape there. ... My German improved a lot. I especially learned a lot of words having to do with agricuture and soil types.
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