The ProRanger Philadelphia program is an academic, technical skills training, and internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service.
Students take coursework during the academic year at Temple University and participate in internships at National Park Service sites during the summer. Follow their experiences here.
Friday, August 26, 2016
It's Not a Goodbye, It's a see you later!
Hello everyone. I apologize for the delay in my last blog
update for the internship. It’s been a whirlwind since I have come home! But regardless,
here it is! My last week at Gettysburg was a fun one, with doing more patrols
with everyone, and continuing to broaden my knowledge of Law Enforcement
skills, knowledge, and history. All while at the same time still networking and
meeting great people during my last week there. I found that no matter what,
you will continually meet and talk to people within the service that amaze you
and are great people to know for the future! The whole aspect of meeting so
many people was by far the highlight of my internship experience at GETT.
NPS Fire Response Brush Truck
I was fortunate enough to meet three of the guys from the
Mid Atlantic Regional fire team, who were on site doing building surveys of all
of the buildings at GETT and Eisenhower National Historic Site. As many of you can
guess, I was super excited and grateful to meet more people related to fire
work in the parks, as that would be a big second interest of mine within the
parks! The guys were great, and had a blast talking and joking with them while
on patrol with Ranger Ludwick. After talking to them for a bit, we headed out
to National Night out to do some PR for the park and for the NPS as a whole. It
was a good time and we had many interested kids come up and ask us questions.
To finish that night, we spent more time back at headquarters fine tuning my
skills of field stripping our rifles and handguns. I also inquired about the
different styles that certain groups have within the park service, like the SET
teams and some other divisions within other parks. The rest of the week
consisted of more patrols, some speeding stops, a guy climbing a monument, and
some security alarm issues. Like always though, through each encounter we
responded to, I continued to expand my knowledge, all while getting to know
Ranger Ludwick and the other officers better.
What the Snap says! Let the Battle Begin!
The hardest part of the last week was saying my goodbyes to
everyone, as everyone at the park who I had the chance to work with or
encounter are amazing employees and even better human beings. I was able to say
goodbye to mostly everyone I had worked with or encountered, unless they were
on vacation or off, and I was glad I still had the chance to email them my
thanks for letting me learn what they do. The saddest but at the same time
happiest part of the week was our end of summer bash at our house with all of
the seasonals and interns. We had an
amazing night, filled with food, time period clothing, time period dances
(which I must say are much harder then they look), and to cap the night off,
why not an epic nerf gun battle! It was definitely a great way to end what was
an amazing summer with the people I got close to and learned the most from!
This is only the start of what I can tell will not only be a great program experience for myself, but for all of the other interns and seasonal's I had the chance to meet and work with! The park service has a lot to
look forward to with all of the young upcoming individuals that want to
become rangers, and I am proud to be one of them, and become friends with many
more! So thank you to everyone who has been reading my posts, as there will be
more to come throughout the semester so stay tuned! Also, a big thanks to
GETT for taking me in with wide open arms and
showing me everything you had to offer!