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2019 News Human Biology Students
August 06, 2019 : Human biology graduates work to improve community wellbeing


Recent graduates of Ohio University Chillicothe, Noah Daniels and Kylee Shanks, went from full-time students to full-time employees in a matter of four days. Daniels and Shanks graduated on Friday, May 3, 2019, both receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Biology.


The graduates are currently working as Mosquito Control Technicians at the Environmental Health Division located at the Ross County Health Department. The annual, paid-internship ends in September.


At this point mosquito sampling has focused on detecting West Nile Virus and approximately 2000 samples have been collected. Daniels and Shanks have traveled throughout Ross County setting mosquito traps at approximately 40 different public parks, nature preserves, and other places throughout the community with standing water.


Thus far, only one positive sample was found at the Donald E. Coppel Athletic Complex on Western Avenue in Chillicothe. The sample was collected in June 2019.


In addition to collecting samples, the graduates are also responsible for providing mosquito education to the community. They will also handout bags with literature about the do’s and don’ts of mosquito control and how to prevent infestation.


While they are only serving in this position as interns, they are grateful for the experience in the public health sector.  


Shanks remarked, “This internship has been a great experience. Management has been really supportive at helping us gain a broader skillset and exposing us to the many aspects of public health.”

Daniels continued on to say, “The experience has helped us figure out what direction we want to take with our career, which is particularly helpful since the human biology program doesn’t require an internship as part of the curriculum.”


Although an internship is not a requirement of the human biology program, internships provide students with a more in-depth skillset making the individual more qualified when applying for jobs right out of college. Students are invited to contact their advisor to learn about internship possibilities for their program.