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Aaron -- Forestry major

This summer I worked for 3 months as a forestry intern/technician for the Connecticut Division of Forestry. This was a paid position where I worked in three different state parks performing forest inventory, boundary marking, ATV usage research, timber marking, and post-harvest inventory work to aid the state in qualifying for SMARTWOOD certification. I also helped the state foresters write their 10-year forest management plans for the forests that they manage. I felt that the best part of my job was hearing about the job paths that the state foresters took in order to get where they are today. Hearing their first-hand opinions of their work experiences was a great way for me to figure out what career path I want to follow. 

In a typical day I would drive to the area I would be working that day, either with a forester or independently, and would spend about 7 hours in the field usually performing forest inventory or timber marking. We usually alternated days in the field and days in the office doing calculations, mapping stand, reviewing aerial photos, or writing management plans. I did a lot of independent work this summer, which was great because it showed that they trusted me to do quality work. I am from Connecticut and needed to be home this summer, so I was very lucky to find this job. I got the job by calling the Division of Forestry office and asking for a summer job. Within a week I had sent my resume and a cover letter and had the job. My best advice for finding internships or co-ops is to figure out what kind of work you want to do and start looking EARLY!!! The best chance for finding the summer job of your dreams is to get ahead of the crowd and start looking early. 

I gained a great deal of work-related experience at this summer job. There is only so much you can learn from books before you need to put your knowledge into practice. I plan on pursuing a different avenue in forestry, but I could see myself working at this agency in the future due to the great people and fun work. If I had to choose one thing students can do to find those great summer jobs, it is to get to know your professors, because more times than not, they are the people who know of the really great summer jobs that can shape your ideas of what you want to do later in life.

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