Abbie Molodetz '19

A summer internship at the Ecotarium
UNH student Abbie Molodetz '20 and Socks the red fox at the Ecotarium in Worchester, Massachuetts

Abby Molodetz ’20 spent the summer interning at the Ecotarium in Worcester, Massachusetts thanks in part to a grant she received from COLSA’s donor-supported SOAR fund.

COLSA: Tell us about your internship. (Company name, your title, responsibilities):

Abbie Molodetz: I was an intern in the wildlife department of the Ecotarium in Worcester Mass. I was responsible for aiding in taking care of the animals there. The animals are ambassador animals that teach children about the environment and wildlife.

Abbie Molodetz feeding Sergeant Pepper the porcupine

Abbie Molodetz feeding Sergeant Pepper the porcupine.

COLSA: What attracted you to the position? Why did you want the internship?

Molodetz: I wanted the internship because I am a Wildlife and Conservation Biology major. The position allowed me to learn about the husbandry of many animals and gave me experience on teaching children about animals.

COLSA: Looking back on what you accomplished as an intern, what are you most proud of?

Molodetz: I am most proud of the way the animals are treated at the Ecotarium. I am so glad that I was taught how to take care of them and work with them by using positive reinforcement.

COLSA: What was the most valuable thing you learned?

Molodetz: How to live in a new place by myself.

COLSA: In what way(s) has this experience impacted you?

Molodetz: I have learned a lot of valuable information and gained great experience.

COLSA: Did you receive any awards or grants that made this internship possible?

Molodetz: I was granted the SOAR scholarship which allowed me to pay for rent, transportation, and food, that allowed me to take the internship.

COLSA: Finally, any advice for students looking for an internship?

Molodetz: Use Handshake! It was how I found this internship.