MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University graduate student Austin Blakely was afforded an opportunity last summer that most students can only hope for: he was able to participate in Chevron’s summer internship program, in which he filled the role of health, environmental and safety intern in Hawaii.
Blakely graduated in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health and is now pursuing a Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health with the expected graduation date of December 2017.
“Working for a very large and highly respected company like Chevron, they mostly only recruit students with or pursuing graduate degrees,” said Blakely. “It has affirmed my belief that for me to be the most marketable to the largest and best companies, it was a great move to me to obtain a graduate degree from Murray State University”.
As an HES intern at the Hawaii refinery, Blakely was responsible for the health and safety of refinery employees and personnel. The largest project Blakely worked on over the summer was to conduct an industrial hygiene assessment throughout the refinery in order to complete the Chevron Hawaii Industrial Refinery Industrial Monitoring Program.
“The best part of the internship experience was being able to be in a whole new place that was a lot different from Murray. I really enjoyed meeting different individuals and forming relationships with people from many different cultures and backgrounds,” said Blakely.
He continued, “Without Murray State University I would have never had the opportunity to travel to such an unimaginable location for an internship. If you would have told me 4 years ago when making the decision to attend Murray State that I would be in this position today, I would have said you are crazy. That just goes to show you how committed Murray State is to placing their students in the best position possible for success after graduation. Murray State University and the occupational safety and health department have afforded me the opportunity to be the best I can be and be situated in the best-equipped position for life after college.”
The Murray State occupational safety and health program offers bachelor’s and master’s program tracks and has both classroom and online programs that are accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET. All of the OSH degree programs train students with the tools they need to pursue careers in safety management, occupational health, industrial hygiene, loss/risk control management, ergonomics, emergency planning and response, as well as environmental safety and health. OSH students are also prepared through the program to pursue advanced degrees in the OSH field.
To learn more about Murray State University’s commitment to excellence and the occupational safety and health program visit murraystate.edu/osh.
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