Student Hydrologic Technician, USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center, Middleton, Wisconsin
U.S. Geological Survey
 
How Michael Polich got involved with U.S. Geological Survey
A professor at UW-Madison talked about an internship opening at the USGS at the beginning of a class. I assumed everyone in the class was going to apply, so I didn’t think I had much of a chance. In the end I was offered the internship.
 
Experience
During a geomorphic study of a stream in the Upper Pecatonica watershed, we noticed a strange object sticking out of the bank of the stream. We were able to dig out the object and it turned out to be a bone. With a little help from a bone expert at UW-Madison, we determined that the bone was from a horse that lived more than 100 ago. You never know what you’ll find while wading up a stream.
 
Michael Polich's accomplishments
During my work at the USGS I’ve been really proud of my help on research projects. I’ve been able to help on a wide range of projects, from watershed sediment studies to urban hydrology. With such a wide range of experiences, I have grown as a professional. Along with this professional experience, I’ve gotten to know some really fun people who are really passionate about their work. This has helped me develop my own passion in water resources.
 
Michael Polich's next steps
After graduating with my undergraduate degree this spring, I hope to go to graduate school and earn my master’s degree. Beyond that, my professional career is really open. I may find myself staying with the USGS, which has been a really amazing experience so far. I also could see myself starting my own consulting firm helping people with water resource problems.
 
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
School: UW-Madison
Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering