My name is Sam Butler and I live in Marstons Mills, a village in Barnstable. I am currently attending Massachusetts Maritime Academy as a student in their masters of emergency management program. From mid-January until the end of June, I interned with Barnstable County’s Cape Cod Cooperative Extension under the guidance of Kalliope Chute, the Hazardous Materials Environmental Specialist and Shannon Jarbeau, the Floodplain Specialist and Community Rating Systems Coordinator. The thing I am most thankful to Kalliope and Shannon for is their help with networking. In today’s world, building connections is so critical to carving out a career path.
During my internship, I spent a majority of my time researching hazard mitigation methods with a particular focus on mitigating for hazardous waste and flood events. In doing my research, I was able to familiarize myself with Barnstable County’s Multi Hazard Mitigation Plans, Governor Baker’s Municipality Vulnerability Preparedness initiative, FEMA grant programs, toxics use reduction initiatives, and more. I have since created informational brochures to display my research and share it with the public. This work has helped me become familiar with the many hazards Cape Cod faces. My hope is that these brochures will help educate the public of these concerns and increase the likelihood of community action. My advice to recent college graduates seeking jobs is to be patient. Don’t jump at the first job offer you recieve. Schedule as many internships as you can and think outside of the box. You will be surprised with what you find, you will learn more about yourself and your career desires in the process, and your patience will pay off.