Georgia County Internship Spotlight
Josie-Tatum Mattox Completes Internship with Pierce County
Josie-Tatum Mattox, a dually enrolled student in Pierce County High School and Coastal Pines Technical College, interned with the Pierce County Administration Department over the summer.
Prior to her internship, Mattox had very little exposure to county government. Through this experience, she gained greater insight into the policy-making process and the level of complexity that goes into making decisions that impact the county.
Mattox was tasked with researching and collecting information about recycling programs for Pierce County to implement. Over the course of her internship, she contacted and compiled data from local business and industry leaders to determine their current and future recycling needs to find available options. She also conducted a survey of county recycling needs. Once completed, Mattox compiled the results and presented her findings to the board of commissioners.
When asked about the skills she gained through the internship, Mattox replied that she learned how to communicate more effectively and honed her research skills. She additionally learned more about the recycling process and the lack of options available in southeast Georgia.
Mattox’s favorite part of the internship was meeting with local businesses and members of the public about their interest in recycling.
Future plans for Mattox includes entering the medical field, possibly as an anesthesiologist. She believes the interpersonal skills and research methods she learned through her internship will assist her with future career objectives.
The funding for this internship was made available through a grant from the Verizon Foundation.
For more information on the GCIP, please visit the ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation website at http://www.civicaffairs.org.