Interning for the National Aquarium's What Lives in the Harbor program allows students from local colleges (Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, Morgan State University, Stevenson University, Towson University and University of Maryland, Baltimore County) to connect with Baltimore City sixth graders and inspire the conservation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
What Lives in the Harbor is a hands-on experience that connects every Baltimore City Public Schools sixth grader to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. During this program, students test the water quality of the Inner Harbor, perform an animal survey and create community action projects focused on improving the health of the watershed.
According to Amanda Henriquez, a senior education specialist at the National Aquarium, local college students are essential to What Lives in the Harbor as they help teach and monitor students. By working with students, interns facilitate the students' connections with the harbor by using the program's curriculum to explain the importance of protecting their local watershed.
Over 100 interns have worked with the program since 2019, including Maryland local Donovin Smith. Some highlights from his experience include shaping students' futures and seeing students form a relationship with the harbor.
What Lives in the Harbor is made possible in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Bay Watershed Education and Training Program and the Chesapeake Bay Trust.