The UTK Geography Department is thankful for our amazing alum at East Tennessee Development District (ETDD) who work with our students as mentors and internship supervisors. Emily Craig, 2019, has this to say about working with Olivia:
Olivia is one of the best students I’ve had the pleasure of mentoring as an internship supervisor at ETDD. She came onboard to assist in the ongoing update of our county-wide Census Reports following the release of 2020 Decennial Census data mid-last year. With minimal guidance, Olivia led the identification of Census source tables, collection of relevant data from those tables, as well as data reformatting for all 15 county reports. With 18 tables in each report, she prepared a total of 270 tables. Olivia proved her technical writing skills in her updates to the written sections of each report as well. This project has required a high level of coordination, organization, and record-keeping on her end, which she continues to execute with great success. Her ability to communicate and meet deadlines during a remote internship has been especially impressive. I look forward to continuing this project with her as the updates progress. Olivia is a great example of the caliber of students I’ve worked with from the University of Tennessee Geography Department. Through my past two years of internship supervision, guest speaking, and career mingles, I’ve met and mentored bright, dedicated individuals who no doubt have promising careers ahead of them. As a UTK Geography alumnus, I’m so thankful to have that connection to my home department along with an employer who encourages it – student mentorship adds value not only to students’ lives as future-professionals, but to my life as a current-professional and to our organization as well. I hope to continue giving back to the department in this way, as it did so much for me during my time there.