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Passion for Marine Policy Leads to Internship with U.S. Senator Cory Booker

A marine biology major and political science minor, Karina Krul ’19 is spending the summer interning in one of the New Jersey offices of U.S. Senator Cory Booker.

August 1, 2018

By Dave Cranshaw, Office of Marketing & Communications

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Karina Krul ’19 with Senator Cory Booker

Karina Krul ’19 has a passion for marine life and politics. She is combining both of those interests this summer through an internship in the Camden, N.J., office of U.S. Senator Cory Booker as part of an experience she believes is preparing her for a career creating or promoting policy that protects sea life and the environment.

"Having a political background will better suit me to take on positions that allow me to advocate for the environment more efficiently," says Krul, who plans to pursue a J.D. in environmental law and a master’s degree in environmental or coastal management before embarking on a career as an environmental lobbyist.

"This internship is providing me with vital experience in government issues and politics that will give me a leg up in my field." Karina Krul ’19

Being able to discover new interests outside of her major in marine biology, she says, is what has made her experience at the University most enjoyable – and impactful.

She’s taken on minors in marine affairs, psychology, and political science, she’s editor for the Charger Bulletin, the student-run newspaper, and she is president of the University’s Model United Nations group. She’s already participated in Model UN conferences in New York and Washington, D.C., and she will be the head delegate for the group when it participates this fall in a conference in China.

"The opportunities I have had at the University of New Haven are beyond anything I could've imagined when I started school," she said. "In my three years here, I've discovered many other interests, and I've pursued all of them. The University has prepared me for success because there is no other place where, as a marine biology major, I could immerse myself in The Charger Bulletin and the Model United Nations program the way I have. Instead of being successful in one field, the University has prepared me to be successful in many."