Hydrologic Studies Student Interns Return to GateWay Community College
After completing six college credits and earning paid work in the field of hydrologic studies, seven student interns returned to GateWay Community College's campus in Phoenix, AZ. GateWay partnered with the U.S. Geologic Studies to make the summer work program possible.
These students have been placed across the country in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, California, Montana, Nebraska, and Florida as part of a required internship at GateWay, in partnership with the federal governments’ Student Career Education Program (SCEP). The SCEP was designed to help students develop on-site skills while taking classes, combining academic classroom learning with practical, on-the-job experience. Additionally, the students received paid work experience in their fields of study. The SCEP may lead to permanent employment, after successful completion of education and met work requirements.
Chad Reese, a hydrologic studies student interning in Montana, posed in front of a gage house in Glacier National Park. He expressed that his career has, “Quite the office with a view!”
These students have been placed across the country in the states of Arizona, Hawaii, California, Montana, Nebraska, and Florida as part of a required internship at GateWay, in partnership with the federal governments’ Student Career Education Program (SCEP). The SCEP combines classroom academic with practical, paid on-the-job work experience. Many students find that successful completion of the program and completed work requirements leads to full-time employment opportunities.
Program Director Lisa C. Young explained, “this partnership is phenomenal in that GateWay is able to help the USGS fill hundreds of jobs nationwide with qualified individuals trained through our program”. Intern supervisor Ron Rickman explained that his student, “came to us with enough background skills to be able to immediately contribute to our program” and has participated in a number of diverse activities.
Casey Rita, a freshman student just returning from an internship with the USGS in Honolulu, Hawaii has learned a tremendous amount from his experience. “Maintaining the gage houses is just as important as the data you collect, the quality of the data relies on the structure’s upkeep," said Rita.
Chad Reese (pictured), a hydrologic studies student interning at Glacier National Park in Montana, expressed that his career experience comes with, “Quite the office with a view!”
Greg Neblett, working in Tampa, Florida has found that, “It has been a great experience and awesome learning environment, which has given me the confidence and assurance that when I graduate, I will be ready to work with the USGS full-time.”
The USGS recruits students from GateWay’s hydrologic studies program, the only one of its kind in AZ and one of three programs in the nation, in September and February for summer internships. They will be participating in the Water Resources programs’ open house on September 22, 2008 and February 9, 2009.
For more information on GateWay Community College's Water Resource programs, please contact our Program Specialists at (602) 286-8613.