So its a little over half way through the term and I thought I would give an update on my internship. The Portland Bureau of Transportation has been very busy getting ready for the upcoming Winter weather here in Portland. As an intern, I have been developing media summaries and press releases. We have been in constant contact with media outlets during this time mostly to answer questions they have as well as updating them on the months ahead.
The other half of my internship is helping recreate their website. As many know, government websites are not the most aesthetic on the web. The website “refresh” project as it is called is not only focused on building a more visual appealing site, but more importantly creating a site that is easy to use. In order for the website to be useful for the general public, it needs to be easy to navigate and up to date. Most government websites compile data without removing it after it is no longer useful. Our updated site will not only remove a lot of data that is no longer relevant, but it will also create a new system that does not allow for an over abundance of data to be collected. I am excited to see how these next few weeks turn out and how far we can get into this project before the term is over.