Heston Smith

Heston N Trevor

GIS (Geographic Information System) Intern

Zion National Park

Heston is from the Kanosh band of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (PITU).  He graduated from Millard high school in Fillmore, Utah then went to Weber State University.  While attending Weber State as an undeclared undergrad student Heston struggled and almost quit college.  He went to Robert Depoe, the Education Director for the PITU, and discussed his options.  Robert suggested he look into the GIS Program at Southern Utah University (SUU).  Heston really liked the program and excelled as a student in the program.   He was then recommended by his GIS Professor for the Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative (IIC) Youth Internship Program (YIP) GIS Internship at Zion National Park.  He successfully completed his internship during the summer and fall of 2010.  Part of Heston’s internship was to map Zion Peregrine Falcon eyrie sites.  This project was so successful it was also adapted for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA).  Heston graduated from SUU, and because of his many experiences with the IIC, went on to complete a Master’s of GIS at the University of Arizona, Tucson.  From almost dropping out to completing a Master’s degree, Heston exemplifies how an IIC internship can change the course of a life.

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