Mario Goetz joined the D3 team in January as a Semester in Detroit Intern. Mario is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in History and Social Theory in Practice at the University of Michigan. Outside of class, Mario referees youth soccer, and taught English as a Second Language classes in Ypsilanti and Southwest Detroit. As a Spanish speaker, he also lived in Quito, Ecuador for six weeks, teaching math and writing to sixth.
Detroit has provided an ideal location to gain first-hand experience in applying skills he learned in school to a real world environment. Mario assisted Project Manager Jeff Bross with preliminary research for D3’s upcoming workshops on the relationship between sustainability data and ongoing planning and policy efforts. He also had the opportunity to expand his experience using mapping software to visualize data, which helped provide a new perspective on Detroit. “The energy in the D3 office has made the working environment very exciting,” says Mario. While he is still unsure what he would like to do with his degree after graduating in 2015, Mario is considering a career in urban planning or transportation research, and he hopes to continue working in a major city.
We would like to thank Mario for his dedication and for all the work he accomplished here at D3!