Alexis Dzubak, an intern in the Division of Planning, Office of Environmental Services, graduated from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and is currently a graduate student at The Ohio University studying biological anthropology. This is her story:
What skills have you gained from working at ODOT?
By working closely with the archaeology and history/architecture staff, I have greatly expanded my knowledge of artifact analysis and processing as well as the relevant policies and laws pertaining to this type of work. Since I hope to work for a governmental agency post-degree, I think that working in an environment where the interaction between the academic knowledge/research and practice is clear will help me navigate this boundary in the future.
What is the most surprising thing you've learned about ODOT?
I've found that ODOT is a good model for project collaboration. Collaboration can be very hard to do outside of one's field, and I think that ODOT collaborates quite naturally and seamlessly.
How have your educational experiences helped you here at ODOT?
My academic background gave me the knowledge to work semi-independently on curation projects, but I definitely needed and welcomed the input from staff members. Some of the artifacts are really hard to identify! Through this process, I have learned so much about the history of Ohio.
How have your experiences here at ODOT helped with your education?
The experience and knowledge that I have gained at ODOT has allowed me the flexibility and stability to work on my degree while providing me with professional, practical experience.
What are your goals after graduation?
I would like to get a job in my field that pays decently with secure benefits and pay off my student loans within five years of graduation. Besides those necessary things, I would love to visit Machu Picchu, Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Egypt.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Other than working on my dissertation, I enjoy attending Columbus Blue Jackets games and getting outdoors by hiking and camping.
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