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Laura Holtz - The Villiage

Internship title:   Aide

How did you find your internship?   Through Tracie Beck at the Internship Center here at Cal.

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

I am to switch between the two Pre-K rooms they have in the center, every 20 minutes.  Each day there is a lesson and an activity which I can help with, but mostly I am playing with the children in the centers set up in the room and helping the teacher in any way I can to prepare throughout the day.

 What is the best part of your internship?

Learing and taking in how the teachers are with the children, teaching and caring for them or how to handle different situations.  As well it's always nice to see the ideas for lessons and activitie they ahve the children learn from and create..

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

Yes.  The teachers, supervisor, an director are all great with caring and providing for children.

A quote regarding your internship experience?

"Give your brain a kiss."  The teachers tell the children this when they andswer a question correctly as a form of praise.  I thought it was different as well as a rewarding approach.  I could tell by the kids reactions, as they took their hand, kissed it, and then tapped their forhead that they were proud of themselves.

Alexis Closson - City Kids Wilderness Project

alexis clossonHow did you find your internship?

The Washington Center, -Tracie Beck

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

•      Developing program curriculum, planning and implementing workshops, new applicant selection

•      Planning and implementing outdoor adventure trips, administrative tasks, and mentoring

 What is the best part of your internship?

The best part of my internship is that I am able to gain experience working in nonprofit organizations as well as working closely with the students in our program..

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

I would recommend this internship to someone else because working in nonprofit organizations mean more than just a job or a pay check it is making a difference.

A quote regarding your internship experience?

“Never complain about what you don’t have because there is always someone else who has way less, be grateful and make a difference even if it’s just a smile.” J

Amy Dunn - Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3

Internship title: Early Intervention Intern

What are you primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

I assisted Early Intervention specialists with young children between the ages of  three and six years old with special needs.

What is the best part of your internship?

Working with the children in the Early Behavioral Intensive Intervention Classroom for three weeks. 

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

 Yes.  This is a great internship for a special education major who would like to see what career opportunities are available outside of the traditional classroom.

A quote from you regarding your experience?

I could not have been exposed to a more beneficial internship experience before student teaching.  Having the opportunity to interact with such a variety of professionals in this field has really given me much more insight and knowledge of the special education setting for such a variety of age groups.

Kelly Owens - Pittsburgh Zoo

Photo of Kelly OwensInternship title:   Conservation Education Teacher

How did you find your internship?   Online searching.

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

Care for animals, teach lessons, preschool classes, after school programs, scout classes, outreach, and setup and break down classrooms.

What is the best part of your internship?

I truly enjoy working with the children and educating them about the animals.

What are the top two things you have learned?

I have learned so much about many of the animals in and out of the zoo. I have also learned many things about conservation. I am excited to learn so much more.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

I would definitely recommend this position to others. It is a very enjoyable position that you are able to interact and become much more educated about the animals.

A quote regarding your internship experience?
"An experience of a lifetime."

Kim Zukauckas -  Rainbow's End Learning Center

 Your internship title: Teacher's Aide in the Pre-K Counts/5 year old classroom.

How did you find your internship?

The Internship Center

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

Greet the children and parents in the morning, Circle time in the morning and activities with the children throughout the day, serving breakfast, lunch and snack, putting them down for their nap and cleaning of the centers.

 What is the best part of your internship?

Getting the opportunity to work with this age group of children outside of a regular classroom/school.

What are the top two things you have learned?

Patience. Patience. Patience., To have a child trust you, you have to build that relationship with the child first. It could be as little as playing Candy land, your still building the child’s trust.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

Absolutely.

A quote regarding your internship experience?

"My experience really gave me the opportunity to not only grow as a future educator, but as a person by showing me that patience is everything and no matter how bad of a day your having, you still want to leave knowing that you made a difference in that child's life."

Leslee Bronder - Fire and Ice all Stars

Your internship title: Coach and tumbling instructor.

 How did you find your internship?

 It is actually my job and it fit perfectly as an internship.

 What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

 To coach teams of cheerleaders both girls and boys ages 3.5-11 and coach tumbling.

 What is the best part of your internship?

 The kids.

What are the top two things you have learned?

 Better communication skills and time management.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

Definitely but it's pretty hard to get.

A quote from you regarding your internship experience?

" If you have no idea if you want to teach children all you have to do is spend a day with them, you will either fall in love or give up."

Lissa White - Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region

Your internship title:  Intern.

How did you find your internship? 

I was in the lunch buddy program at Cal for 3 years and asked about internships when I was looking for one.

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

Planning events, Lunch buddies and after school tutoring, home visits, office duties, anything that I was asked or wanted to be involved in.

What is the best part of your internship?

I was a part of planning the Clarks concert and the two Bowl for Kids Sake events and got to sit back stage and hang out with the guys in the band. I was also given a lot of free stuff and when we took kids to the zoo it was great to see the smiles on their faces and amazing to see what the kids have never seen before.  

What are the top two things you have learned?

Don't judge people/kids by first impression or behavior because you never know what they are going through and what is happening outside of school. That there are so many children that really need a big brother or sister (role model) and they do not have enough volunteers.

 Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

Yes!!!! It is a great experience and it makes you think about your own life!

 A quote regarding your internship experience?

 "Don't judge a book by its cover!"

Michael Kerr - The Center for Rural Pennsylvania

 Your internship title: Legislative staffer.

How did you find your internship?

Internship Center

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

Participating in the day-to-day office activities. Updating databases. Writing reports on meetings attended. Data analysis. Studying how policy is formulated and implemented. Observing the daily functioning of government.

What is the best part of your internship?

The ability to work independently is highly encouraged.

 What are the top two things you have learned?

The ability to write well is paramount. To succeed, it is essential to stay ahead of the curve.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

Absolutely.

A quote from you regarding your internship experience?

"There is no such thing as a dumb question - only dumb answers."

Jennifer Stowinsky - Monongahela Child Learning Center

Your Internship Title:  Teacher Intern

How did you find your internship?

It is located in the city that I live and I have had children I know go there

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities? 

Interact with children, prepare for meals, prepare for nap, circle time with children

Tell me about the most fascinating person you have met during your internship. 

There was one student in the facility that was very fun. He made each day very interesting

What one day at work really stands out? 

The day I had to put my first child into the time out chair for swearing

What is the best part of your internship? 

Working with the children

What are the top two things you have learned? 

To never turn your back on the kids and that the kids really try their hardest.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else? 

Yes! 

Grace Dorohovich - Cal U Math Lab

Your internship title:  Math Tutor

How did you find your internship?

Dr. Williams suggested it to me.

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

I tutor students in mathematics.

What is the best part of your internship?

I know almost every tutor in the lab, it's a lot of fun working with them.

What are the top two things you have learned?

I have gotten better in my math skills, and I have gotten better at helping students whenever I do not know the answer.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

 Yes.

Leandra Hickman - The Make-A-Wish Foundation 

Your internship title:  Development Intern

How did you find your internship?

Both of my younger sisters are Make-A-Wish recipients and I have always had an interest in fundraising. I began searching for internships online and thought of the Make-A-Wish Foundation because of my sisters.

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

I handle numerous tasks that relate to fundraising for three staff members. I write thank you letters when donations are received and wish stories on the wishes that were funded by these donations. Also, I create promotional materials on fundraising programs and research prospective donors. At times, I have worked special events for the organization or helped prepare for special events in the office.

What is the best part of your internship?

Writing the wish stories was extremely rewarding. I was able to sit down with a file and read all about a wish kid and turn those facts into a story for donors to enjoy.

What are the top two things you have learned?

I have learned a good deal about fundraising for a nonprofit and the process that must be completed. Also, I have really developed my writing skills by creating wish stories on a daily basis.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this internship to someone else, especially if you have an interest in fundraising, special events or creative writing.

A quote from you regarding your internship experience?

"Getting an internship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation was one of the best choices I made in regards to my education. I learned so much from the hands-on experience and realized that working for a nonprofit organization was something I would like to pursue in my future career."

Pamela Ciardi - Shady Side Academy

Your internship title:  Girls Ice Hockey Supervisor

How did you find your internship?

I had a previous working relationship with the academy.

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

I do all of the girls ice hockey scheduling, run on-ice practices, and organize road trips.

What is the best part of your internship?

Working on the ice with the girls and watching them learn and grow into better hockey players.

What are the top two things you have learned?

To always be organized and to speak up with every idea you may have big or small.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

Definitely

A quote from you regarding your internship experience? 

My internship experience has been so positive; it has allowed me to step into the real working world, while receiving help and guidance that I may not have gotten otherwise.