Jessica Quinn, an intern since August 2017 in the Division of Planning/Office of Environmental Services, is a junior at The Ohio State University studying Environmental Science. This is her story:
What skills have you gained from working at ODOT?
Of the many skills I have gained from working at ODOT, networking, GIS, and knowledge of state government procedures are among some of the most important. While working at ODOT, I have met many people both inside and outside of ODOT, from various fields of study. This has allowed me to not only broaden my learning experience but also to increase the network of people I have connections with which will hopefully help me in the future. Learning GIS has been important to me because it is a widely used program in my field of study and being able to use it in a professional setting has been beneficial in preparing me for my career. A large portion of my work at ODOT has dealt with compiling and understanding the paperwork associated with mitigation and it has given me a better understanding of how governmental processes work at the state level.
What is the most surprising thing you've learned about ODOT?
The most interesting thing I learned about ODOT is that the staff here all have come from very different educational backgrounds. All of the staff members are great at what they specialize in and are so willing to share that knowledge and even help me learn how they got to where they are now. It is incredible the diversity of backgrounds that work at ODOT and all come together to solve problems throughout the state.
How have your educational experiences helped you here at ODOT?
My educational experiences prepared me a lot for my time here at ODOT. I have several courses that directly relate to projects I am working on or am interested in which helps cement what I am learning in class. Being able to take what I learn in the classroom and apply it in a real world work setting is an amazing experience and has made me more excited about my future studies.
How have your experiences here at ODOT helped with your education?
ODOT has helped me a lot in both my current education as well as figuring out where I want to go in terms of future education and a career. My current education aligns well with what I am doing here at ODOT and is helping me to understand certain processes we deal with daily. I have also had the opportunity to talk to many staff members about their experiences and career paths which has helped me narrow down my potential career paths.
What are your goals after graduation?
My goals after graduation are to go onto graduate school to pursue a master's degree in either Public Health or Toxicology.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to travel, spend time with my loved ones, and bake.