And Now, a Word From our Intern

My name is Miranda Horton.

My favorite color is sea foam green.

My favorite food is spaghetti.

I am a college student at Oklahoma State University and my major is Finance with a minor in Energy Finance.

I wanted an internship to expand my knowledge on the business world. I wanted to experience what a real life setting would be like for when I do graduate. There's only so much you can learn from sitting in a classroom and listening to someone lecture. An internship would help me get a better idea of what I should expect after graduation.

My first internship experience was amazing. I learned a lot about the atmosphere your coworkers can create. The atmosphere you work in can make a big difference on how well you do and how well you can enjoy coming to work. If you don't like the people you work with, it can make it hard to want to come in or talk to them. Not everyone may love their work but their coworkers can make it more enjoyable. I enjoyed the projects I did and the people here made it worth the work.

My favorite thing I did this summer was help organize the Girl Power STEM Camp. I got to see what it's like to get everything ready for a program and the amount of networking it takes to get it going. I met a lot of people through this camp. I learned the many different companies that are in Ponca City that make a difference and puts us on the map. I also enjoyed seeing younger girls light up when they were learning about something they're interested in and it's something that they didn't know was available in Ponca City.

My biggest takeaway about economic development is that it's a very hard job. Ponca City is one of the many towns that are experiencing the gap that's being left behind as baby boomers are retiring. It takes great leadership to be able to solve the problems that our economy experiences. Having the skills and knowledge to solve these problems takes a good team of people.

When I graduate in December, my goals are to find a job that has a good group of colleagues that create a good working atmosphere. I would enjoy working in an office that is filled with great people like I experienced here. I learned a different perspective to the business world and hope to be able to apply it, wherever I end up.

I didn't know what PCDA was when I first learned about this internship. I am excited to see where Ponca City is five years from now. I want to be able to see how PCDA has done after being able to experience it from their perspective. I think Ponca City will be in better shape five years from today. They are a great group of leaders and I'm glad I was able to be a part of their team for the summer.