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Forestry Intern (2018)
Throughout a great majority of my life I have called myself a student. In these next few months as I finish up my last semester in college I will be transitioning from student to professional, a process that because of my knowledge and experience can take me in any one of many directions. Recently I have found that more and more I think of myself as a no longer a student but a forester, something I believe my time at Great mountain Forest is largely responsible for. I believe that the Great Mountain Forest internship will prove to be a pivotal experience in my professional career as a forester and is deserving of elaboration. The Great Mountain Forest internship created an environment for me to exercise and explore my field and develop important skills that increase my applicability for jobs across the United States. The internship offered a diversity of tasks that always kept me engaged and interested. Many other positions I looked at were very one dimensional and overworked a particular skill. In talking with a few other students at school since I have come back, several of them spent the summer on one task, be it boundary work or cruising. Being a part of many processes from cruising to marking to cutting to making products made the summer I had much more enjoyable and rewarding by comparison. The fact that I was able to work on such a variety of tasks meant that I was able further understand the areas forestry that I really excel at. In retrospect I cannot think of any improvements to the program that would have had positive impacts of any significance. The GMF internship provided me with something truly valuable that I will come to appreciate many years in the future. This is a program that I hope will be available to students of many programs for many years into the future. To all of those involved in the program I would like to extend my thanks for keeping the program running and benefiting so many over the years.
Forest Resarcher, Marquette University