Meet April Pape

Summer 2020 Environmental Intern – Natural Resources

A recent graduate from the Indiana University (IU) O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, April earned a degree in Environmental Management and a minor in French and Environmental Science. She found Metric while looking for something to do after graduation. Metric stood out to her due to the broad spectrum of environmental services our company provides such as Cultural Resource Management and NEPA Compliance. April was also aware of our work in Natural Resources, specifically wetlands, which aligned well with her interests.

Working at Metric
In the field, the procedures were very familiar to her from her studies, but until now she had not been able to put them into practice due to the pandemic. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, her Soil Sciences class at IU was prevented from practicing fieldwork procedures as they would normally. Throughout the internship,  April has been out in the field with her supervisor getting practice with not only soil texture and color work but also plant identification. She has noticed that both have improved over the past weeks.

What does desk work look like for April?  One thing she has focused on recently is learning about and practicing different styles of GIS mapping.

April has also learned what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is great for wetland work. Tall wetland boots or waders with long hiking pants and shirts you do not mind getting dirty are recommended.

Outside of her summer internship, April has spent time tending to her garden while spending time with/fending off an adorable baby bunny who likes to visit daily!

This summer our interns have risen to the challenge with not only new experiences but new working styles due to COVID-19. We are proud of their hard work and adaptability while remotely working from home as well as out in the field.

Our Internship Program

Metric’s summer internship program offers structured education, training, and hands-on experience in the environmental consulting field.  Our program is designed so that interns receive exposure to multiple service areas. Internships are open to juniors, seniors, recent graduates, or graduate students. Applications for Summer 2021 will be accepted beginning January 1, 2021.

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