Intriguing Internships from the Class of 2010:
Tyler J. Kaido
(Ellis Hyman Award Recipient)
Internship: Rep. Zachary T. Space in Washington DC.
"During my internship, I attended the Congressional Research Service, an extension of the
Library of Congress, training and orientation. I was also given the opportunity to attend a
Congressional committee hearing. My duties included screening phone calls that come into the
office and creating letters to mail to constituents."
"This summer, I have been working at a branch of the CDC called NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health). The group of scientists that I work with researches the effects of diesel exhaust on miners. NIOSH has determined that diesel exhaust is a potential human carcinogen and it has been linked to health problems such as eye and nose irritation, headaches, nausea, and asthma. Currently, underground miners can be exposed to over 100 times the typical environmental concentration of diesel exhaust. That exposure to diesel emissions promises to become more widespread as diesel equipment becomes more popular within the mining community. The scientist I directly work with is developing a personal device that can be worn by miners, which measures the amount of elemental carbon in the area. This device will show the miner who is wearing it whether or not the amount of exposure is too hazardous. My experience with NIOSH has been great; this is definitely the best summer job I have ever had! It’s really interesting, I’ve learned a lot and I even got to go into a limestone mine. This is something that I would definitely consider making a career out of; to learn more about NIOSH, click here."