Water Planning Interns

Water Planning Interns

Congratulations from the Water Planning Division to our three interns who are graduating this spring, Bryana Barber, Connor Cottrell, and Ryan Kendall. We wish them all well and are grateful for the work they have done here at NeDNR!

Bryana Barber interned with the Water Planning Division for about a year as an Integrated Water Management Specialist Intern, where she has spent a majority of her time working writing Python codes to help with data analysis for the department. She will graduate from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) with a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering. Bryana enjoys all things outdoors including camping, running and exploring new cities on foot. When the weather becomes too cold to be outdoors she enjoys staying inside to bake, go thrift shopping and take care of her ever-growing houseplant collection. Bryana has accepted a position at AECOM in Omaha, Nebraska as an Entry Level Engineer where she will focus on environmental remediation and investigation. She looks forward to combining her engineering education with her passion for solving environmental issues.

Connor Cottrell interned with the Water Planning Division from December 2019 to May 2020. He will graduate from UNL with a B.A. in Geography and a B.A. in Political Science. Connor enjoys hiking, bouldering, camping, and anything else he can do with friends. He also enjoys the occasional run, with the Lincoln Half-marathon being one of his proudest accomplishments. Connor’s time at NeDNR has given him first-hand experience and knowledge on how Nebraska handles one of the most precious natural resources, water. It has helped him combine his passion for the outdoors and government and will guide him as he begins his career path. Connor has been able to witness how state legislation is implemented through a past internship with Senator Sasse and now how State agencies operate through his internship with NeDNR. He is excited to see where his work combining these experiences will take him.

Ryan Kendall interned at NeDNR Water Planning Division For seven months as an Integrated Water Management Planner Intern. He will graduate with a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Urban Forestry from UNL. His hobbies involve anything where he can experience nature: disc golfing, backpacking and trying to identify unfamiliar species of trees. Ryan has been accepted into the Community and Regional Planning graduate program to begin studies in the fall. In the future, he hopes to manage and protect natural resources in the built environment.


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