Coming from the fringes of punk-rock and beat-the-system movements, I did not expect that I would find a job working for the federal government so fulfilling, but this is precisely what I discovered as a CLM intern with the BLM. I enjoyed the hands-on work, assisting other staff and agencies, and even the politics. Above all else, I want to work as a public servant, which I believe is at the core of government work.
Beyond establishing my interest in working for the federal government, the most I gained from this internship is confidence. This internship required that I work independently, which means I had to rely on my judgment and expertise to accomplish many new tasks. With this confidence, I have relaxed about my career prospects. I now know I have a good head on my shoulders and that I will find a career I enjoy. Thanks to everyone who made this internship possible.
There are several big changes in my life following this internship. First, I will drive back from California to the east coast. This is big because I have lived in Cali for a year now and thought I would be here longer. Second, I will be traveling to Nepal and South Korea for three months. This is a trip I have been planning and saving for since the beginning of college, and I am thrilled that it is finally happening. I will be visiting a Nepali friend and Peace Corps volunteers. Visiting PC volunteers in a new addition my journey thanks to my internship: my BLM co-worker and cubicle-mate, who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, encouraged me to check out the PC while traveling. Third, when I return to the states, I will be pursuing a government job. I have been stalking USAjobs regularly and applying frequently.
Arcata BLM Field Office
Rockin’ a banana slug outfit with Ranger Julie