EMPLOYEE PROFILE: Klevin Wayne Pollard
Position: Student Clerk in Program and Budget Office
School: University of Maryland
Major: Management Studies and Communications
Hometown: Upper Marlboro, Maryland
During the summer of my sophomore year of college, I was notified by a relative working for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of two openings with the Department of the Interior. Both were temporary employment opportunities, one with the Bureau of Land Management, and the other with the Bureau of Reclamation. With very little work experience, and a nearly blank resume due to year-round participation in sports, I applied with very little expectation for consideration. To my surprise, I received interviews for both jobs. This would have been great news to anyone who had ever been on an interview before. Turning to “Google” for answers, I knew Google would tell me everything I needed to know about interviews. What it did not tell me was that I would nervously ramble despite thorough preparation. The Bureau of Land Management was my first interview; I did not get the job. However, I did gain valuable experience and insight of what to expect for my next interview. Personal experience ended up being a better guide than Google, as I was hired by the Bureau of Reclamation. I found out about the STEP program through my supervisor. I was initially hired as a 30-day emergency hire. Then 30 days turned into 60 days, which then turned into working until the fall semester started. The following summer, I was brought back to the Department of the Interior, but this time, as a STEP student.
On my second day of employment at the Bureau of Reclamation, I was experiencing severe stomach pains, but decided ignore them as most would. I continued to work as the pain got worse by the minute. The next day, I was taken to the emergency room where I found out that my appendix had ruptured. This required emergency surgery and I had to take off the first week of my 30-day appointment. I could just imagine how that looked to my supervisor and coworkers. However, everyone was very understanding. I received several calls and emails wishing me a speedy recovery from employees in my office. Upon my return, there was a box of candy and a card signed by my entire office sitting on my desk. I knew then that I would love working here and my perception has not waivered since.
Working with the Bureau of Reclamation has opened my eyes to a new world. A world where attention to detail is a must. My job challenges me everyday to be thorough and precise. While working closely with a team of budget analysts, I am able to gain experience that no college course could have provided. My first few months here were spent performing the typical duties of an intern; copying and filing. This stint of mentally facile work would be short lived. As I shadowed several employees through their day to day activities, I became accustomed with many tasks and procedures. As of now, I am responsible for many of these tasks myself and often find myself answering the questions now as opposed to asking them.
I am currently attending University of Maryland University College pursuing a degree in Business Management with a Communications minor. Upon graduation I plan to attend graduate school to receive my Master's in Business Administration. I plan to take full advantage of any type of training offered to hopefully increase my value as an employee here at Reclamation. I would love to gain enough experience during my internship to be hired as a full-time employee with the Bureau of Reclamation. If not, I believe the experience that I have gained while working here will benefit me for many years to come.
Updated: June 1, 2012