Editor's Note - This student performed his internship during the 2018 fall semester. He will return to Cape Cod in September 2019 with AmeriCorps.
My name is Dan Flockton, and I am a recent graduate of Bridgewater State University, where I studied History. During the Fall 2018 Semester, I was the Aquifer Protection Intern for Barnstable County’s Cape Cod Cooperative Extension.
The cornerstone of my internship was the planning and execution of a professional workshop. Over two months, I organized the "Chemical Safety and Climate Change Preparedness Workshop". The event was held on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at the West Barnstable Community Building with over fifty people in attendance. Our task was to find a way to bring the resources of the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA) to Cape Cod to familiarize people with the office and its work.
We were fortunate enough to have three excellent speakers participate: Shannon Jarbeau, the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension's CRS & Floodplain Coordinators: Tiffany Skogstrom, Outreach and Chemical Policy Analyst from the Office of Technical Assistance; and Rick Ferreira, Director of the Taunton Emergency Management Agency. Together, the trio told a story about chemical safety, outlining the challenges posed by catastrophic flooding, highlighting the OTA's toxin reduction efforts, and sharing emergency management practices that have proven successful off-Cape.
This internship has been a fantastic learning experience that has pushed me to challenge myself daily. I would never have imagined sitting down for a television interview or hosting a professional workshop. But now I have, and I am better off for it. The Cape Cod Cooperative Extension has been an incredible place to work, and the Barnstable County government continues to impress me.
* Daniel Flockton will serve in AmeriCorps Cape Cod beginning in September 2019. AmeriCorps Cape Cod is a 24-member national service organization operating through Barnstable County. The program focuses on meeting Cape Cod's critical and pressing environmental and disaster response needs through a dedication to community service and local collaboration.