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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