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30 June 2021

Halfway Done

Written by: Alex Silva

I am just about halfway through my DFP and it feels like I just started. I am beginning to realize that this DFP position was the best opportunity that I could have hoped for when searching for an internship for Summer 2021. I am connecting with so many biologists and important members of the FWS. There are many aspects and processes of the FWS that I was unaware of and I am only now getting a real understanding of what the FWS does and the work and research that goes into protecting species around the world.

Personally, I have seen improvement in my communication and writing skills. I have been able to participate in several briefings and see firsthand how employees from field and regional offices and headquarters all interact with each other on a professional level. From the many power point presentations that I have seen from FWS employees, I have learned what an effective and thorough presentation looks like. Furthermore, I have gained insight on how constructive criticism and suggestions can be given in such a way that helps and guides someone’s ideas in a positive manner.

Looking towards the time left in my 11-week DFP position, I am looking forward to continuing my relationship with the employees within the Foreign Species Branch and building my knowledge of the ESA. I am hoping to learn new ways of being proactive in protecting species that are not yet listed and how to best prevent future listings.  


Agency: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Program: Directorate Fellows Program

Location: Fish and Wildlife Headquarters, Washington Office

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