Program of Study: Forest Resources Management
Country of Exchange: Zurich, Switzerland
Where did you do your internship?
I was working at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL in Zurich, Switzerland. The Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Forestry connected me with one of his contacts at the institute who subsequently offered me an internship position.
What did your job entail?
My job duties involved: slicing cross-sections of root samples using a microtome and examining the wood anatomy properties such as ring width and vessel size. The data collected could then be compiled to create a chronology of past climatic conditions. I also worked as a field assistant, which involved coring trees and other silviculture duties in the Alps.
What was the highlight of your international experience?
One of the greatest highlights of my internships was helping with the field research in the Alps. I always enjoy the feeling of visiting remote areas in a foreign country. My weekends were always filled with hiking in remote areas or visiting other countries like Germany, Italy or France. I love languages and different cultures, so this experience has been the most fulfilling of my undergraduate degree thus far.
Aspirations after graduation
Upon graduation I intend on becoming a Registered Professional Forester while working in British Columbia. I also intend on returning to school to complete a Master’s program in Europe. I already speak French and am currently learning German so that I may attend a university anywhere in Europe where forestry is prevalent.