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Meet Our Summer Interns 2022

8/25/2022 by qrelihan

    This summer Moran Environmental Recovery, LLC once again hosted summer interns, this year we had two, Isabelle Heron and Megan Gover. Both interns had the opportunity to experience the diverse profile of work that Moran Environmental Recovery, LLC performs daily. Isabelle and Megan had different internship experiences, with one working in the office and the other going out in the field, but both were able to see what potential careers in the environmental industry could look like.

 

  Isabelle Heron is a rising senior at Providence College in Rhode Island, with an Environmental Biology major and a double minor in Business Innovation & Finance. Isabelle worked in the Randolph, MA office as a member of the Safety and Compliance team. She supported projects associated with the new Employee Qualifications portal and performed research for the License portal. Isabelle's research for the new license portal allowed me to add details about waste transporter licenses that require regular reporting to the portal. This is critical for MER to stay in compliance in the jurisdictions where waste is transported. Megan also interviewed members of the company leadership to discuss sustainability and environmental stewardship, of which she is very passionate. As the summer went on, she learned how operations and compliance are interrelated with the topic. How we perform our work and stay in compliance with environmental regulations, is not only important to our business but it also makes an impact on the environment.  When asked about her summer internship, Isabelle said, "I most enjoyed working closely with peers on projects to guide my learning while also facing projects independently. I think a lot of that came from working with Leanne Stegman (VP, Safety and Compliance), who provided support so I could "tease" out projects methodically." I enjoyed speaking with Isabelle about her experience at MER this summer, as it reminded me of my previous internship with MER.

 

    In fact, four years ago, I researched and, like Isabelle, saw the behind-the-scenes of how an environmental company operates. Both Isabelle and I learned about company operations from the perspective of corporate support, whereas Megan got to see how the company operates in the field. This allowed Megan to expand her MER network beyond the office in Randolph by meeting site supervisors and getting to ask them questions. The independent projects that Isabelle and I worked on exercised different skills than participating in trainings at job sites, but both provided growth opportunities. 

 

    Megan Gover is a rising junior at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, majoring in Marine Science Safety and Environmental Protection. This summer, Megan joined MER as an Environmental Field Technician. She worked with Shawn Doherty (Environmental Safety & East Coast Safety Manager), editing safety and training plans between visiting job sites. Megan would go to job sites once a week, where gained experience using the IAuditor app to perform site assessments. Megan enjoyed her time on job sites so much that she plans to add an OSHA minor to her degree when she heads back to school in the Fall. When she wasn't going to job sites, she had the opportunity to work with Jim McHugh (Health & Safety Training Manager) on training videos, where she did the voice-over for a new tripping and falling safety video. I did not get the opportunity to work with Megan this summer, but I talked with her about her experience, and she inspired me to make more of an effort to go out in the field to visit more job sites this year.

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