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Meet the Interns: Doaris Medina

CEES is lucky to have several undergraduate interns on staff. Over the last couple of years, CEES interns have been working hard creating and executing science lessons to at-risk youth in the Indianapolis area. Through programming at the Felege Hiwot Center, to working in Indianapolis Public Schools 51 and 69, to Service Learning at IUPUI,  the interns have been able to gain a unique, hands-on experience with environmental science in an outdoor classroom setting.

Duties of a CEES intern include, but are not limited to, creating new lesson plans according to state standards, successfully executing these lessons, working with the CEES educational trailer, assisting in the CEES lab with research, participating in and leading IUPUI's Service Learning activites, organizing offices and storage units, and completing paperwork.

Intern programming has included lessons and experiments in environmental and physical sciences. Topics covered include watershed, the solar system, ecosystems, electric circuitry, the human body, robotics, plate tectonics, introductory mineralogy, aviation, and some topics in chemistry.

Each week, tune in to learn more about our interns and their time with CEES and at IUPUI. 

This week, we are featuring intern Doaris Medina.


Full name: Doaris Y. Medina

Major: Elementary Education with a dual license in English as a New Language and a certification in Math and Science at an Elementary level

Year in school: Junior

Hometown: Salinas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico         

IUPUI/Community Extracurriculars: National Society of Colligates

CEES hire date: June 30, 2014


Doaris' post-graduate plans: Teaching at an urban school or high needs school

Doaris reflects on her time with CEES: My favorite thing at CEES that I enjoy doing is the watershed model because we take it to different places around Indianapolis and surrounding areas. One of the events was held at Banks Life Field House during a robotics competition and many of the families stopped by and the kids really enjoy using the watershed model and learning that water makes it own path. 

My job at CEES impacts my future career because as a teacher, I plan on teaching science even if it is not offered or mandated by the curriculum.

How did Doaris come to learn about CEES/this internship?

I learned about the internship on Jag jobs and it was the best decision that I made because I have been to work with people whom I have learned a lot from them. 

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