Stephanie Gibeau: Internship

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Stephanie Gibeau

Internship: City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department

What is your major?

Geographic Information Science major with minors in Geography and Photography

Where was your internship placement? (What is the purpose of the organization?)

My internship placement was with the City of Duluth, specifically with the Parks and Recreation Department. I was one of their Invasive Species Management Interns, with specific duties involving primarily GIS-related work.

What did your general duties involve?

Some of my general duties included: identifying and mapping invasive species populations within Duluth City Parks through the use of a GPS and GIS software, educating and training community members on identification and eradication techniques, and assisting in developing an invasive species management plan for the City of Duluth.

What was your most memorable experience?

The thing I like most about my internship is that I know I am helping to make a difference (even if it is just a small one!). Invasive species have been a big problem in Duluth for years now and we (at the city) are taking the initiative to mitigate their existence. It is very rewarding to be a part of a movement to improve the ecosystem of Duluth.

Has your internship influenced your career path?

This internship has influenced my career path immensely. It has made me realize that I would like to pursue a GIS career that would involve surveying and field work, so that I can spend more time outdoors. This internship has also opened other doors of opportunity within the field of GIS, which has showed me the importance of having GIS-related experience prior to completing an undergraduate degree.