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Bureau of Reclamation

Student Trainee

June 2019 • Glendale, AZ

What I liked

Very friendly and helpful work environment, other interns were fantastic and we got along great, and the close relations in the office

What I wish was different

For my division specifically, having more tasks for me to do

Advice

Be open and talk to everyone! Everyone wants to help and you can learn a lot
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Temporary secretary

June - August 2019 • Heyburn, ID

What I liked

The environment was friendly and everyone was helpful.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have stayed longer.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
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Administrative Intern

August 2020 • Boise, ID

What I liked

This was an excellent opportunity to learn what it's like to work in a professional office setting. The position helped me develop my organization and attention to detail. I got to learn about bookkeeping and administration work in a large organization.

What I wish was different

Due to coronavirus, I was often one of the only people in our office. I did not want to telework. Because of this, I frequently ran out of work and struggled to find ways to help out.

Advice

Always be prepared for unforseen challenges.
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Student Trainee

May 2020 • Boise, ID

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Getting this opportunity was a lot of work. I attended workshops that taught me how to tailor my resume to government postings and submitted many applications and cover letters. It took a long time to get an offer, but I’m glad I waited because the experience and flexibility has been incredible.
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Biologist technician

May - August 2019 • Truth or Consequences, NM

What I liked

I got a lot of field experience while learning about wildlife along the Rio Grande.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have paid more attention to the maps provided for us over the summer.

Advice

Advice I have for future technicians is to make sure you are fully covered every day while in the field.
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Civil Engineer

September 2018 • Lakewood, CO

What I liked

I like how this job is involved with both research and design projects. Everyone is very friendly and my supervisor allows me to work on projects I find most interesting.

What I wish was different

Advice

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electrical engineer

May 2014 - January 2018 • Loveland, CO

What I liked

great people, lots of time off, and great work environment.

What I wish was different

I wish they had a better HR department.

Advice

Stay on top of the things an employer promises you. Don't assume anything will be automatic, be sure to ask someone what the process is.
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Contractor

January - April 2015 • Henderson, NV

What I liked

I really enjoyed the people I worked with. It was a good environment to work in.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time to work in this job so that I could learn more about the field.

Advice

Take advantage of the people you work with. Get to know them well so that you can add them to your personal network. It will help you in getting a job
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Electrical Engineering Intern

January 2016 • Boise, ID

What I liked

Flexible work schedule

What I wish was different

Advice

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Administration and Office Assistant

June - August 2018 • Boulder City, NV

What I liked

Love being busy. Had big projects that I was in charge of. Took me on day trips.

What I wish was different

Advice

Don’t be afraid to go for it!
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Pathways Intern

June 2017 • Glendale, AZ

What I liked

I learned a lot of Auto CAD and had the opportunity to work on a lot of projects

What I wish was different

I am the only Engineering student intern, but I wish there were more.

Advice

Go on as many field experiences as you can, and don't be afraid to ask questions if you don't understand an assignment
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Pathways Student Intern

June 2017 • Glendale, AZ

What I liked

I have been learning a lot of Auto CAD and have had the opportunity to go out in the field for inspections.

What I wish was different

I am currently the only intern in the Engineering Department, but I wish there were others so we could work together on assignments

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions if you are unsure about an assignment, but try your hardest to self-teach things if you can.
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Front Desk Receptionist

June - August 2018 • Yuma, AZ

What I liked

I was able to work with people from each generation and it was interesting to see how differently everyone does their job. I liked how friendly the environment was and how I got to interact with more people than I would have if I didn’t have that summer internship.

What I wish was different

Advice

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