Armstrong State University Student Melisa
Morris Interns with Liberty County
Melisa Morris, an information
technology (B.I.T.) major at Armstrong State University, interned with Liberty
County as part of the 2015 Summer Georgia County Internship Program. Morris was
hired to assist the county in updating internal department pages on the Liberty
County website. To see Morris’ hwork, please visit the Liberty County
Prior to her internship,
Morris did not have detailed information on how county government operated.
Through her internship, she learned that many of the issues handled by the
county often involve smaller issues that the public generally views as one
large issue. As such, the county has to gather, interpret and investigate all
of the small details that make up the larger picture to insure that citizens
To help prepare her for the
work she was hired to perform during her internship, Morris was instructed by
an eGov Strategies technician on how to operate the county website. After
learning the operational components, she gathered information from each
department to assist in updating the website to be more informative and
productive for the departments and the public. Once that phase was complete,
Morris trained the users and department heads on how to operate the new model.
When asked about her most
significant success during the internship, Morris stated that she was most
proud of the appearance of the website that includes new images and department
descriptions. She also indicated that additional success was achieved by being
able to make information in the forms of documents and reports easily available
to the public. Melissa’s favorite part of the internship was learning the various
ways that the program could be used to benefit different departments.
Over the course of her
internship, Morris was given the opportunity to develop new skills. Some of
these included an ability to communicate more clearly with a variety of
different people and understanding the process of web design and development.
It was her opinion that these skills would definitely benefit her in future
endeavors as she hopes to work on big projects with large project scope
requiring detailed work with many different clientele.
Liberty County Assistant Administrator Bob Sprinkel
spoke highly of Morris.
"Ms. Morris developed tremendously during her tenure
with Liberty County," he said. "When she first came
to us she was tenuous going and interacting with elected officials, department
heads and speaking in front of large groups. However, within a
short time, Ms. Morris overcame those hesitations and became a great mediator and
speaker. She developed our webpage and a
training program that is extremely helpful to our county departments. She was a
great asset to our county!"
For more information on the GCIP, please visit the
ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation website here.