AU senior interns for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Thu, 2009-09-03 11:06 -- univcomm
September 3, 2009

Kristina Unis, senior history major at AU, completed an internship this summer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C. "I worked with the Historian, Archivist, and Curator, working with historical objects and archival documents that pertain to the history and operations of the agency," she said.

unisAccording to their Web site, NGA, "is a Department of Defense combat support agency and a member of the national Intelligence Community (IC). NGA develops imagery and map-based intelligence solutions for U.S. national defense, homeland security and safety of navigation."

Unis said, "The individuals I interned for set aside specific collections that could be completed during my time at the agency. NGA’s internship program strives for their interns to have a good understanding of the agency and how it runs in hopes that they will return upon graduation."

Unis' day included taking inventory of historical collections, cataloging items for the collection, filing archival materials, preparing finding aids for the collections and assisting with exhibit and display installations.

The internship was not an easy one to obtain. "After nine months of an extensive application and an extensive background check I was finally cleared and able to start my internship with NGA’s Historian… and it was worth it all," said Unis.

Unis said that her classes at AU, "taught me a set of skills, skills that include reading, writing, and analyzing. In this internship, I was able to take the knowledge and skills and apply them towards a whole new set of skills and knowledge that I learned from my internship."

Unis believes that her experiences gave her an advantage when finding employment. "Now that I have security clearance it will be easier for me to obtain a job within the intelligence community. I have also had shadowing experiences with the other groups within the agency, and been able to visit another agency within the Intelligence Community. These experiences have opened my eyes to other employment possibilities."

—David Hynds is a freelance writer for Anderson University.

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