Office of Coast Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

November 8, 2017

Hello Coast Survey,

I’m excited to be the guest writer for the Coast Survey Newsletter introduction. As chief of the Resource Management Staff, I thought I would take this time to highlight what we’ve been working on to build and maintain diversity and inclusion in our workforce pipeline.

In August, we concluded a successful pilot year for the Internships in Marine Geography program. Four interns, including a mix of undergrads, graduate students, and recent graduates, worked on several projects over ten weeks during the summer, including one intern placed on NRT 2 and three interns working at headquarters in the Marine Chart Division (MCD) and the Hydrographic Surveys Division (HSD). While we have had interns at Coast Survey for many years, features special to this program included a housing subsidy, a 2.5 day orientation to put the intern’s work into context and introduce them to some of the software systems we use, as well as a capstone career workshop held with our program partners the National Park Service and the Greening Youth Foundation. These organizations co-managed the advertising, intern recruitment, and administrative aspects of the internship program. Recruitment for summer 2018 internships concluded last month; thanks to all employees who submitted a project idea for the next class. Special thanks to program manager Amanda Phelps, as well as intern supervisors, members of the Coast Survey Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and many others who are working to make this program even better next year.

This past summer Coast Survey also hosted for the first time two Pathways interns in HSD, as well as a Hollings Scholar within the Coast Survey Development Lab (CSDL). We are currently pursuing several “recent graduate” and “student intern” Pathways recruitments for MCD, HSD, and the Coast Survey front office with a (hopeful) start date of May 2018. The Coast Survey Diversity and Inclusion Committee is ramping up its outreach efforts to be sure these announcements reach both our traditional pipeline of applicants and other targeted applicant potentials that might not otherwise be aware of these opportunities.

Enjoy Friday off for Veteran’s Day! And a special thanks to all those who have served!

Kathleen Jamison
Chief, Resource Management Staff