This spring semester, I completed an internship at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in which I logged over 90 hours. The overall goal was to introduce me to the Corps' permitting and civil works project, as related to cultural resources management. At the start of the internship, I worked on a memo that provided guidance to permit managers and applicants on the Corps' procedures to address cultural resources during permit processing. In addition, I also worked on a memorandum of agreement between the Corps and the City of St. Helena. This was one the most rewarding aspects as it provided experience in an entirely new aspect of CRM for me, which built of my class studies from the previous semester.
Finally, I worked on reviewing a Cultural Resources Management Plan written in 2001 for the Corps at Lake Sonoma Recreation Area. I wrote a memo outlining the priorities of tasks still left open, and exposed several deficiencies in their compliance with the stipulations detailed in the MOA, as well as Section 110 of the NHPA. In reviewing this CRMP, I also began construction of a GIS database derived from data included in the 2001 CRMP (e.g., site locations, descriptions, management needs) and began importing geo-referenced maps of LSRA in order to determine where potential management needs may exist. Overall, this was a highly successful internship from my perspective and one that future graduate students, if interested, would benefit from immensely.