Summer Intern, Christian Ficarra, reflects on his time working with CCWS


Christian Ficarra spent the summer months staying on campus to complete a 6-credit internship with the Center for Coastal & Watershed Studies, where he dove into the Environmental Services branch. His primary project focused on a small lake in the Catoctin Mountains, ThorpeWood, to determine suitable conditions for different types of fish hatcheries.

Summer Intern, Christian Ficarra, reflects on his time working with CCWS

Graduation Year



  • Sustainability Studies (B.A.)


Baldwinsville, NY


  • Biology

“I really enjoyed sampling the bacteria sites and meeting with all the volunteers and collect the samples from them.  I didn’t expect the amount of freedom I was given to be given to me and I appreciate the staff trusting me to produce the quality of work they were looking for.  I felt like I was being treated as an asset to the Center and was not made to feel inferior.  I liked being held to the same standards as everyone else. 

I have learned how to talk with all types of people and I also learned what the expectations are when you work in a professional setting.  I feel the best connections I have made this summer are with my co-workers, my bosses, and the various organizations I have worked with. 

I plan to finish up my studies and hopefully find a job with a non-profit organization such as a riverkeeper network, or a job in a lab.  I do plan on going back to school at some point to get my teacher’s certification to help lead the next generation.  I want to make an impact on the world in a positive way and be remembered for my actions in a positive way.” -Christian Ficarra, '24.