Kaylee Cormier, a student at Black Hills State University, participated in the BHSU-SEDC Workforce Internship Program during the 2022 Spring Semester. Cormier was given the opportunity to gain experience while putting her classroom learning into practical application at the D.C. Booth National Fish Hatchery & Archives. She worked with the staff of both the Booth Society and the Fish Hatchery as well as many other community members and entities who support the two organizations.
Cormier was given hands on experience through a variety of duties including attending staff and board meetings, creating volunteer rosters and packets, preparing packets for South Dakota Legislative Day, creating and preparing an outdoor scavenger hunt, preparing free fish food cards to be distributed to local businesses and to be handed out this summer, and writing a grant proposal provided by Zonta.
Karen Holzer, executive director of the Booth Society, comments, “Kaylee was a great asset to our non-profit organization. She put a lot of effort into the tasks that were assigned to her. We are pleased to have had her on our team.” To the right is a photograph of Cormier working with the free fish food cards at the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery. She compiled data, organized, and prepared cards for the 2022 season.
“Before interning with Booth Society, I never would’ve thought that I would’ve gained this much experience from a single place. From my classes at BHSU, I gained knowledge that helped me with my work during my internship. Through one of my classes, I learned about grant proposals and how to write one, which helped when I had to write a grant for a proposed project. Although, being able to do it in the real world of work is a different experience. It’s great to have opportunities like this provided by SEDC, and the companies that support it, that allow one to gain so much experience that will aid one in their future career,” Cormier told SEDC.