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  1. #1
    Jan 2010
    Carpinteria, CA

    Feedback for an internship discussion interview...

    I was just wondering if I could get some feedback on maybe some possible things to expect... I have read a lot of threads on others but wanted to get some info on my situation...
    The director of long range planning for the county has agreed to meet with me to discuss possible internship or "volunteer" opportunities, since I am no longer a student.
    I have a BA in geography with an emphasis in GIS. The only type of related experience I have is course work from school. I have been serving at the country club for the past 8 years which makes up my unrelated work experience, but has taught me a lot in service and people skills. Working to pay for school took up all of my time so I never had a chance to intern while in school.
    I am very excited about a career in planning and eager to learn what it takes to be a part of a professional planning department.
    Sorry to rant, but I want to give a little background to help with the feedback. So to all professionals who have conducted interviews or students who have interviewed for an internship... Appropriate attire? Questions to expect? Information to research? Questions to ask? Bring anything?

    I look forward to reading your feedback and your suggestions, thank you to all.

  2. #2
    Jul 2007
    more West now

    We get many questions about this topic and with a little thread searching you can find many of the answers to your questions.

    For typical questions, see this thread

    More thread on the topic:




    Best of luck with your interview!

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    Cyburbian Raf's avatar
    Feb 2007
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    Interviews can be daunting, but at least you got something set up with the PD right? Beach Bum provided some helpful hints, but truly ask yourself "what can i bring to the department that is lacking at this point". Your emphasis on GIS is a start. Here is a basic list of research items/possible prep you can do:

    Do you have a portfolio of work from GIS? If no, then get one, ASAP
    What type of GIS skills can you bring to the table?
    Is there a long term project you can do that the County can use? Do they have an up to date Woodlands Hazard map for fire danger zones? Can you provide assistance in mapping foreclosures in an area desperate for affordable housing?
    Where can you help that the County is short staffed on? The Goleta Community Plan Update is on-going. Where can you help them on that?Are there any future Community Plans that are on the burner that need to kick start to ramp up?
    What do you know about CEQA? If you have to look up the acronym, then well, start boning up on environmental law through the State of CA CEQA website.
    Review the County's 2009-2010 work program See where you can help there. This is funded stuff, which means they need to act on it.

    Finally, research, research, research, research. You may live in the County, but do you know what the development/planning issues are down there? If you know what's going on, it leaves a lasting impression on the PD.

    Good luck.
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    I think the tips from CPSUraf will serve you well to start on.

    It's a good sign that you'll be meeting with the Director, and not HR people asking you inane questions like "if you were a race car what would you tell your pit team to make you go faster".

    Be professional. Be yourself.

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