college students SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES INTERNING AT dnr
Environmental Science and American Indian Studies,
University of Minnesota, Morris
Working at DNR taught me quite a bit about communicating with the various groups needed for successful outreach. It’s been fulfilling to work on projects that will help the average citizen understand what we do at DNR and how relevant the department is to many people’s daily lives.
Daily, I run into employees from diverse backgrounds working in every field, from legislative affairs to forestry to recreation planning. Every team member seems to be passionate about what they do, and it really shows.
As an American Indian, I’ve enjoyed observing how DNR interacts with Tribes because this collaboration on natural resource management is very important to all parties involved.
I hope others looking for internships will have the opportunity to work with this team on such interesting, important issues.
Nuwikôtam nákuskôyak, kôkicaq, kutápatamuyumô! (Mohegan)
(Nice to have met you, be well, and I thank you all!)
Communications & Public Relations, Eastern Washington University
Working in the Communications and Outreach Group at DNR gave me the opportunity to put into practice the education I acquired at Eastern Washington University.
During my time at DNR I was given the freedom to explore areas of communications I was interested in, yet I was given appropriate guidance to improve my skills. I learned what it is like in the work force and what can be expected from each individual and was exposed to a much broader array of issues than in the classroom.
I would recommend an internship at DNR to anyone who is looking to diversify their educational experience and build an amazing portfolio.
Forest Engineering, University of Washington
Working for DNR has by far been the best work experience in a professional setting I’ve ever had. I was given a wide variety of tasks that taught me different aspects of natural resource engineering. I was able to accompany staff engineers on most of their projects to learn firsthand. I was also given the opportunity to work on my own, which helped build my confidence. Ultimately, the learning and experiences I shared with the various engineers ensured I had the skills to not only complete my own project, but compete for jobs after my internship. Working with fun people who were willing to share their hard earned knowledge was the most rewarding aspect of my internship. I learned that succeeding in a professional setting not only means you must have the skills to complete the necessary tasks, but that you must also possess the attitude and personal skills to communicate with a level head in any situation that may be encountered.
Communications, Western Washington University
Working in the Communications & Outreach Group gave me the opportunity to take the communication skills I acquired in the classroom and apply them in a professional setting. My internship helped me to hone my skills. The attention to detail and accuracy are emphasized in all writing and editing assignments I had an opportunity to work on from the website, to social media, publications and videography projects. I found I had a perspective and knowledge to offer while learning about the issues and workings of a natural resource agency.
I would recommend an internship at DNR to anyone who is looking to diversify their educational experience and build an amazing portfolio. Having my work exposed to an audience larger and more diverse than a classroom is a bit nerve-wracking but rewarding. DNR gave me the real-life experience of producing technical, time- sensitive materials that challenged me and aided in my professional growth.
Forest Engineering, Oregon State University
My summer internship at DNR has proven to be a valuable and rewarding work experience. By working with a broad range of people, I’ve witnessed that staff morale within the DNR is high and would be a great place to start a career. The Engineering Division was able to give me ample guidance and advice throughout my stay. Moreover, my training objectives were well organized and there was plenty to learn/practice throughout the summer. Contrary to most internship programs, the folks here have allowed me to work on a variety of interesting engineering projects rather than dumping the less desirable tasks on my shoulders. They have entrusted me with greater responsibility which in turn has boosted my confidence as an aspiring engineer. Working with DNR was a great opportunity and I look forward to finishing school and beginning my career as a future forest engineer.