My time here at Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security provided a wide range of experiences that equipped me with the field knowledge and expertise needed in my current professional career. They encouraged trainings and workshops to connect and learn from others within the emergency management field. During my time, I connected with folks from both the private and public sectors exposing me to how partnerships are critical to successful work. The folks working there are really passionate about their work and in progressing their programs to ensure public safety for all within Franklin County. I am very fortunate to have met and have worked with the team there. Without this experience I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today without their encouragement, support, and guidance that extends well beyond my time spent there.
What I wish was different
I wish I had been more confident to take on different tasks outside of my comfort zone and being okay with learning as I go and maybe slipping up a couple of times to get where I want to be.
I would advise others to be very vocal about where you want to take your career. FCEMHS does a great job of aligning your interests with actual hands-on experience so take advantage of the time spent there to start molding your career how you see fit. I would also advise to soak up as much knowledge as you can from everyone working there and everyone you met outside of the organization as well! They all have wonderful experiences and wisdom that you won't get inside of a classroom.
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Homeland Security Intern
January - May 2020 • Columbus, OH
What I liked
While interning at Franklin County Emergency Management, I was exposed to a team of amazing people. Everyone was willing to teach me and I can honestly say I learned a ton from everyone who works there. Being that the county works with a lot of private and public sector entities, there were a ton of networking opportunities. Franklin County advocated for me and is ultimately the reason that I have the job that I am in now.
What I wish was different
I wish I would have reached out earlier in my education and started interning then.
Be flexible, most days will yield a new challenge. Also, don't be shy. Be willing to meet with people and talk to them about what they do within the agency. Also, ask as many questions as you can and jump on as many opportunities as you can. The knowledge and opportunities will be there, but individuals will sometimes have to seek it out.