Position Title: Senior Center Intern
Student Name: Jane Gloth
Graduation Year: May 2019
Type of Internship: Consulting
City, State: Nottingham, MD
Hours: 20-25 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid
How did you find this internship?
I contacted the employer directly to inquire about an internship.
What advice on the internship application process would you give to another TU student interested in this internship?
I would encourage students to visit sites of interest and introduce themselves. It is nice to put a face with a name and become familiar with staff. I would suggest reviewing the organization's mission online and coming in with some background information. I would choose a workplace with similar values to your own.
What did you do as an intern at this organization?
I helped older adults navigate their electronic devices, helped organize programs and activities, helped serve meals, and helped decorate for different holidays and events. I stepped in wherever they could use extra hands. I loved doing something new everyday. I met new members and volunteers each day and was constantly learning new things.
What did you find most rewarding in your internship?
The most rewarding part of this internship was forming meaningful relationships with all of the members and volunteers. Everyone accepted me with open arms. They were genuinely happy to see me each day and I was always excited to come in and see them.
What were the challenges you faced in your internship?
Some challenges I faced included dealing with tragedies, such as members losing their loved ones. I also had to act as a mediator when volunteers would disagree with each other. I had to encourage members to stay positive as a lot of them were fighting their own battles such as going through chemotherapy or surgery. It was tough seeing people I had grown to care about go through hard times.
If another student at TU was interested in your internship next year, what skills would you recommend they develop in the coming semesters to prepare?
I would recommend gaining experience working with people or the general public. I have worked as a bartender and server for years, so I felt this helped me to deal with all different types of personalities. Also, I would recommend leadership skills as I often led programs and gave presentations to 100+ people. Being a confident public speaker was very beneficial to me.
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