Georgia County Internship Spotlight
Kelley Pattee Interns with Camden County
Kelley Pattee, an accounting major at the College of Coastal Georgia, interned with the Camden County Public Works Department. As a Public Works Intern, Pattee collected and managed data, as well as researched land ownership topics to create educational materials for new property owners.
Before her internship, Pattee’s only involvement with county government was voting in local elections. Though initially unfamiliar with county government operations, Pattee learned about the collaborative nature of county government work through her internship. She also learned the power and reward of serving residents.
Pattee's internship responsibilities included researching, verifying, and identifying right-of-way and easement property assets owned and maintained by Camden County. Using her organizational skills, she reconfigured road and subdivision files and updated the working road list to improve department functioning. Pattee’s supervisor, Public Works Director Shalana McNamee, said that her work will improve aesthetics throughout the Camden County community and help keep right-of-way maintenance costs low.
McNamee also highlighted Pattee's organizational skills, which were critical to helping protect county assets. Through her administrative skills and eye for detail, Pattee achieved one of her most significant successes during the internship: identifying seven county-owned assets that were previously overlooked. Knowing that she made an impact on the productivity and efficiency of the public works is one of the most rewarding aspects Pattee took away from the internship.
Pattee was excited that her internship responsibilities already played into some of her established skill sets, yet she still learned new technical knowledge about right-of-way, easements, and road maintenance.
Because of the new knowledge and experience gained from the internship, Pattee reconsidered her career plans. She initially planned to find employment within the business or accounting fields. Now, Pattee aims to work as a right-of-way coordinator for Camden County when she graduates.
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