Amanda Kopil: The City of Reading GIS Intern/DCNR Tree Surveyor


I have very very very good news! Recently, I have been awarded a graduate assistantship position at Millersville University in the office of the Dean of Math and Science! This has been my dream and I am so glad it worked out. I applied in November last year and it has taken this long for the entire process to, gladly in my favor, come to me. In order to apply I had to compile transcripts, letters of recommendation, a person statement letter, and of course my resume. It was a lot of work but it definitely paid off. I MUST send a HUGE thank you to my Geiser Gals in the Experiential Learning & Career Development Center!!!! These fabulous ladies helped me through this entire process and I could not be more grateful!

            Ok, now back to reality! My internship is coming to an end and it really makes me sad that I have to leave these great people that I been working with for the past many weeks. What I enjoyed most about my internship was that I was doing exactly what I plan to do in the future with GIS. My supervisor prepared me for many situations that I may come across while using this software in my career. Leaving my internship, I know that I will always have someone that I can shoot a quick email to if I am stuck on a project and she will help me out. This gives me a great sense of comfort for my GIS classes in graduate school and also it gives me a chance to just stay in touch. This internship has opened many professional doors for me and it has also made me a better coworker. There is always something to learn from an internship even if you are stuck filing or doing clerical duties. Don’t ever forget to stick your nose in projects and ask questions because you never know what you might learn!

            My long streets of trees are coming to an end! This has been another long process this summer but also a very valuable one. I never thought in a million years that I would be working with trees or knowing a ton of species! Not only am I surveying the street trees in Reading, I am also educating the people around me every time I get asked, “What are you doing with those trees?” These kinds of summer experiences and internships do not just come and lay neatly across your lap when needed. It is important to talk to your professors regularly and stay in touch with new projects or share ideas. These are the projects that you put in that daunting section, “Must have experience” in a job application. Hard work will pay off!

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  • albrightelcdc  On August 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Your Geiser Girls are so proud of you! Congratulations on your assistantship- we knew you could do it!

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