Physical Science Technician, USGS Central Energy Resource Science Center , Denver , Colorado
U.S. Geological Survey
 
How Alana Rader got involved with U.S. Geological Survey
During the summer previous to my second year of university I had been researching potential interships nonstop, and had my eyes set on working for the USGS. A couple family friends that work for the United States Geological Survey in Reston discussed with me possible opportunities I could find within the Department of Energy, and how to apply at the USGS. I sent in my resume that afternoon and the rest is history!
 
Experience
I believe that the main highlight of this experience is the atmosphere of continuous learning. It is so great to see how what I am learning in my classes relates and is used in the workplace! I have learned countless new methods within the programs I am working with such as ArcGIS that are incredibly helpful to my style of work. It is so amazing to be able to work with and learn from such accomplished scientists and individuals everyday!
 
Alana Rader 's accomplishments
I think that my main accomplishment is to just have the chance to work for the US Geological Survey. Throughout my years growing up I have coveted the idea of having a career in the Earth Sciences, studying geology, processes and especially cartography. I feel very luck to be able to say that I have worked in this field on a federal level!
 
Alana Rader 's next steps
My plans are to finish my BSc in Geography with an emphasis in GIS and Remote Sensing, and possibly continue on with my Masters. I would love to have the opportunity to continue working within the Department of the Interoir, whether it continues to be with the USGS or another amazing agency. I am excited for what the future brings!
 
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
School: University of Victoria
Major: Geography