“When I first heard of the MACEM&PS, I was a sophomore in high school starting out in the Frederick County Career and Technology Center. Now that I have an internship here and have gained so much experience in a real adult job, I can say that it has given me what I need and more. I have created professional relationships that I can take with me for the rest of my life. Sitting in a classroom in a typical high school setting or even continuing to attend the Career and Technology Center would never have given me the professional relationships that I now have.
During my internship, I did some training courses on Community Lifelines, social media presence, supply chains, etc. I now understand (and have taken extensive notes on) how all of this affects the real world, especially during the time when it is most needed. My input was considered after taking these courses, [helping] improve the training for those students taking the course and [making] the world of emergency management easier to understand for all who wish to learn. I have loved making new friends and wonderful memories here with people who are hardworking, love what they do, and are always available to help when needed.
The MACEM&PS loves to celebrate success and to praise those who have done tremendous work. Getting to be a part of the celebration of Holly and the MACEM&PS team who created a program to reach students all over the country is incredibly special. It shows their dedication and love for this work, which provides an amazing, aspiring example for me as an intern and other students. I have created friendships here, and I hope to continue to stay connected for professional and social reasons. The MACEM&PS is a safe environment for growing students aspiring to be in the same or even different fields. I have nothing but good things to say about the MACEM&PS and my overall experience/time spent here.”