Eight Hampden-Sydney students are spending the summer as interns with the Hatteras Island Ocean Center, supporting wildlife conservation and cultural preservation on the island. According to Amy Thompson, director of the ocean center, “Our Hampden-Sydney students are driven and motivated. In addition to their work at the center, all are working on independent projects that serve the Hatteras Island community and align with their individual career goals and interests.”
Students’ individual research projects range from ecological topics—oyster bed restoration, bat conservation, and native plant diversity on Hatteras Island—to education and nonprofit management—revamping ocean center exhibits, marketing the center online and within the local tourist industry, and developing a new business plan for the center. From economics to government to biology, students are using their Hampden-Sydney coursework to find solutions to real-world problems.