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photo of Brandon RupertBranden Rupert

 Major: Applied Sociology, Psychology

Internship placement:  United States Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining, Washington, D.C.

Your internship title:  TWC Intern

How did you find your internship?   Through The Washington Center

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?  
 I provide local OSM/VISTA recruiting opportunities, demographic analysis of the Appalachian region, provide office support when my supervisor is out of town.  Find grant opportunities, Interview future OSM/VISTA's.

What is the best part of your internship?  
 Being able to  work for a federal entity.  Being involved in a professional setting.  Being in Washington D.C. for the summer.

What are the top two things you have learned?  I have learned a lot about politics, federal agencies, how to use Microsoft Excel to its fullest potential.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else? 
I would recommend somebody to intern in Washington D.C. and to work for a federal department.

A quote from you regarding your internship experience?  
 "Be open-minded to all opportunities, and stay focused."

 

Kelly Ambrovcik - Connect, Inc.

Internship Placement: Connect, Inc.

Your Internship Title:  Applied Sociology Intern

How did you find your internship?  
Dr. Larsen had previously toured and researched Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services last fall, evaluating the organization for future internships. She gave me a list of internship descriptions for SPHS’s various organization to look over. I then chose four I was interested in, sent over cover letters and resumes, and awaited their responses. After hearing back from three, I narrowed it down to my final two, and met with the supervisors and my advisor to discuss details.

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?
I arrive on site at the SPHS Charleroi Administrative Office around 9:00am.  My on-site supervisor is often very busy, so I try to talk to him in the mornings before he would leave to go anywhere else. When I’m not at the admin office, I am at a shelter or running around with my supervisor, bouncing site-to-site. A lot of my time was consumed by me sitting down with the residents while they would complete the survey at the homeless shelters. I looked forward to survey days because I knew I would get to meet new and interesting people.

What is the best part of your internship?
I think I’ve found my passion--my passion is advocating for the homeless and an organization like Connect.

What are the top two things you have learned?
I can accomplish anything if I have faith in myself. I have acquired all of the technical skills for my major.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?
I would recommend this internship for serious students who are able to work effectively with little supervision.  This internship requires an open mind and ability to interact with the homeless.  Students pursuing this internship should understand what they’re getting themselves into.  Working with the homeless, in this case, the chronically homeless with mental illness, it takes a certain type of person. 

A quote from you regarding your internship experience:
“If not me, then who?”  On my first day interning at Connect, Inc. my on-site supervisor sat me down in his office and closed the door.  He welcomed me to Connect Inc. and stressed his most important rules to me right off the bat:  1) We’re dealing with people’s lives here, and 2) “If not me, then who?”  

 

Lauren Kross - St. Hilda's East

Internship Placement:  St. Hilda's East. London, England

Your Internship Title:  Volunteer

How did you find your internship?  The Washington Center

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities? 
On Mondays I worked with the older peoples’ project, which meant serving tea, planning activities, serving lunch, day trips, and various other activities. On Tuesdays I worked with the women's project and the Bondhon. This involved cooking food, meeting with outside groups to plan a sharing picnic, day trips, and discussing upcoming projects. Thursdays and Fridays I worked with community memories which involved summarizing various interviews. I also had other activities such as research, attending conferences, planning activities for various groups, photocopying, and calling people.

Tell me about the most fascinating person you have met during your internship:
Everyone had a unique story. I especially enjoyed learning about the Bangladesh culture that was in East London. I loved learning how to cook Bangladesh food and learning about the amazing women who worked there! Everyone was fascinating, I cannot choose just one!

What one day at work really stands out?
There were several. Probably the Fourth of July party with the older peoples’ project, when my mom came with me to work with the women's project, the day trip with the older peoples’ project to the beach, and my last days.

What is the best part of your internship?
The food, culture, tea time, and location.

What are the top two things you have learned?
I have learned so much about the Bangladesh culture and the importance of community centers!

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?  Definitely.

A quote from you regarding your internship experience:
"In America, we live to work. In London, they work to live. In America, we constantly judge and dislike. In London, they accept and tolerate one another. The mindset is completely different and I love it. The past 8 weeks at St. Hilda's have changed my life, my mindset, and my ideas about the world. Why do we care so much about what people think or who people are in America? We are all just people trying to get through life the same."