Merrill and Uher serve as legislative interns
Students from Dakota State University will be serving as technology interns at the South Dakota Legislature during the 2013 session. This is the ninth consecutive year DSU students have served in this capacity.
The students are Zachary Merrill and Stephanie Uher. Merrill is a senior from Pierre, majoring in network and system administration and business management. Uher is a senior from Mitchell, majoring in computer science. Both are pursuing minors through the DSU Center of Excellence in Computer Information Systems.
For Merrill, technology has always been fascinating. “I first became very interested in computers when I took my first computer application classes with Bob Gill in T.F. Riggs High School. Dakota State has been a rewarding and a special experience to me over the last three years. I continue to grow my passion for technology and advance my skills in computer networking, administration, and science,” said Merrill.
The last two summers Merrill worked as a computer support technician intern for the State of South Dakota with the Attorney General Office/DCI, and also as a network technician intern for Midcontinent.
“These internships have helped to prepare me for my future career. With the opportunity open to apply for the legislative technology internship this January with the South Dakota Legislative session, I figured it would be a golden opportunity to apply for. I am looking forward to the three week experience as I will be exposed to even more technology and continue to expand my skills and knowledge on computer technician work. I am excited to help serve the State of South Dakota and gain another valuable experience,” stated Merrill.
Uher is looking forward to her third year as a technology intern, “Every year, laptops are issued to the legislators. They have a variety of experience with computers, and new members must learn software used at the capitol, specific for legislation. The state has a limited number of technology staff, so it is our job to lighten their load in the first 3 weeks by answering basic computer questions, and directing more complex problems. This year there are going to be 30 iPads with new software to integrate them into the current system. I am excited for the opportunity to learn more about iPads and their use in the business world. It should be an exciting session!”
The students will serve as technology interns with the legislature beginning Monday, January 7, 2013 through January 25, 2013. The South Dakota Legislative Research Council oversees the students while they are in Pierre.