Jeff Seago Internship

Jeff Seago
Creston, Iowa
Iowa DNR Forestry Bureau
Marshalltown, Iowa

Describe your internship responsibilities:

This internship was primarily a job shadowing experience. I would ride along with the district forester and do all of the things that district foresters do. This included conversing with private landowners regarding forestry and land management issues, cruising timber (timber cruising involves selecting a representative sample from a stand of forest and noting the predominant species, their height and diameter, and average quality), marking trees for timber stand improvement (removing selected trees to increase the productivity of desirable species), identifying tree health and disease issues, and meeting with other natural resource professionals to share ideas and spread knowledge.

What did you enjoy most about this internship?
The view from the office! Most of the work took place in the middle of forested areas.

How has this experience impacted your future career plans?
I can now put on my resume that I have real, on-the-ground, experience as a forester. This is very valuable because that experience cannot be gained from a run-of-the-mill forestry internship.

What resources did you utilize to obtain this internship?
I was unable to find an internship that would offer the experience that I wanted as a forestry student. To resolve this issue I simply called the district forester from Marshalltown and asked if I could volunteer as an intern for the summer.

What advice would you offer to other students seeking similar internships?
Use all of the resources that the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has to offer as well as those provided by your department. Don't be afraid to go out on a limb to obtain the internship that you desire. Real life experience is critical to you and your future career. It could very well give you that extra edge that you will need to land a job after graduation.