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.