What did our interns have to say about their experiences?
Tessa – Intern
The complex nature of my internship allows me to feel fulfilled at the end of each 40 hour week. I am able to go out into the field as a direct care worker and be in control of my own personal experiences and relationships. Knowing that someone else is counting on me fills me with a rewarding sense of responsibility that I can’t say I have felt before this internship. Aside from direct care, I greatly enjoy being in the office, where I am surrounded by positive influences who are more than willing to teach me the many different tasks involved in keeping the agency as successful as it has proven to be over the years. This internship has prepared me for “the real world” in many ways that are relevant to my present and future goals as a professional in training. Aside from time management skills, and learning to be as flexible as possible, this internship has provided me with valuable skills in communication and collaborating with others as a team. I feel as if the case management components of my major are most applicable when I am doing administrative work. While doing direct care, the person-centered approaches I have learned over the years have positively influenced the direction of each relationship I have developed with my individuals. Overall, this internship has taught me more about myself and the effects I have as a helping professional. I would recommend this internship to anyone that hopes to receive the benefits of a productive and diverse experience throughout the duration of their internship.
Dana – Intern
I’ve gained much experience working with people with disabilities. I was timid, at first, working with people who I did not know, but after getting acquainted with how things work I feel more confident in my ability to work with any individual with a disability. This internship allows me to gain a lot of experience in working with people with disabilities. By working this internship, I am able to more clearly vision where I want my career to go when I graduate. This internship allows me to put my foot in the door and see what the real world is like outside of college.
Louise Manginell — Sleep Aide
“My position is to provide supervision during the night to individuals living in a group home. My goals is to make sure individuals are safe and to be able to physically assist individuals to safety if an emergency situation arises. Each night in a home may not always be typical of the previous night. My experiences have varied from not getting any sleep to being able to sleep for 5-6 hours uninterrupted. I am satisfied with my position and the time and hours involved. I was previously in service to the public, now I provide service to individuals. In this capacity I can act as advocate to their needs more comprehensively.”
Rob Smith – Residential Program Worker
“Every individual is unique in their own right. They each have different personalities and abilities. My most memorable experiences usually involved taking the individuals for a community outing, like a Spikes baseball game. As an RPW, watching the interaction of The Arc individuals in the community can be emotionally moving. They are the type of memories that stay with you.”
Lynda – LPN
” I’ve been a nurse for seventeen years. The Arc helped me find a good fit in the organization when I first started. I am happy with my job. The Arc is different from any other place I have ever worked. A lot of experience can be gained from working here. It is a good job, working with honest people.
Mervyn Rhodes – LPN
“We help these people live their lives in all forms of daily activities and assist with medication passes in between. The staff to individual ratio creates a very homey environment. Going out in the community with the individuals are the experiences that stick with you the most, that time is priceless.”
Kate Small – RPW
“The individuals I work with make this job very rewarding. It has been overall a very positive experience. I don’t know exactly where this job will take me but I love the population I work with and would be happy to continue to grow with The Arc. If you like work that is different everyday and is rewarding this is the place for you. This organization enables you to work with individuals with a wide range of intellectual or developmental disabilities. The individuals I work with are the best and make me love the work that I do.”
Home and Community Habilitation
Lindsay Chaffier – HCH
What I like most about my job is the difference that we are making in the lives of so many individuals. It is amazing to see progress within the persons we serve, and to see how grateful they are about having us in their lives. Overall, every experience I have had thus far has been a positive learning one. Even when challenges present themselves, I still get a rewarding feeling from working through tough situations with the individuals and helping them progress as a whole. The pride shown on an individual’s face after overcoming an obstacle is one of the best things about this job. Everyone is very positive and willing to lend a hand/advice when needed, and the bonds and change I have both seen and created within the lives of many individuals has brought me nothing but happiness.