The Coastal Hazards Center offers opportunities for students to serve as interns under CHC investigators. Students receive a stipend and travel compensation from the Center and are hosted by our investigators for several weeks during the summer. Student interns work on existing projects funded by the Center, but they are allowed the flexibility to design and construct an individualized research agenda that furthers their respective personal and educational goals. Students complete the internship by writing a summary project paper. Three of our recent interns are featured below.

Bennetta Robinson

JSU Graduate Student spent Summer 2011 at UNC in the Coastal Hazards Center

Bennetta Robinson is a Ph.D. candidate in Urban and Regional Planning at Jackson State University. Her internship project was titled “Analyzing the relationship between social vulnerability indices and hazard mitigation plan quality in selected coastal counties.” Bennetta’s host investigators were Phil Berke and Gavin Smith, both of UNC Chapel Hill. Her report can be read here.

Jamarri Akins

Jamarri Aikins interned with LSU’s Mary Lou Kelley as part of the CHC internship program during Summer 2011

Jamarri Aikins is a graduate student in the Child Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Louisiana State University. His internship project was titled “Predictors of Positive Adjustment in Children Exposed to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Hurricane Katrina. Jamarri’s host investigator was Mary Lou Kelley of Louisiana State University. His report can be read here.

Yulian Kebede recently graduated from Jackson State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and is now pursuing graduate studies in geotechnical engineering at North Carolina State University. His internship project was titled “Assessment of In Situ Scour Profile in Sand and Clay Soil Using a Jet Probe.” Yulian’s host investigator was Mo Gabr of North Carolina State University. His report can be read here, and a CHC profile of Yulian and his project can be found here.