Give three words that sum up your internship experience.
Knowledge, Experience, Fun
How did you learn about your internship?
“I had received an e-mail from Career Services about the internship grant.”
Describe your internship.
“I am an intern at the Cudahy Health Department. My duties as an intern vary depending on the week. I am a psychology major, but the work that I am allowed to do lets me use other skills as well. So far, I have created flyers using Photoshop and InDesign for our Mental Health and Drug Addiction Forum and other projects.
Another really great project that my mentor put me in charge of was to create a brochure for parents to take home, informing them on prescription drugs and the danger they have to adolescents. We had worked on a city-wide preparedness program, where we have to stage a crisis and follow the steps so we are prepared if a real crisis ever happens. I have also been working on a project, where I am putting together some research on how Cudahy can become a Dementia Friendly Community.”
What do you enjoy most about your internship? What are some of the challenges?
“I enjoy the learning experience. I am allowed to work in an office with other individuals that teach me how to handle certain situations promptly and professionally. Some challenges are getting certain work done in a short amount of time. Also, the space is sometimes a problem since this is such a small building, but it’s something we can deal with.”
How does your internship fit with your long-term career goals?
“Public health doesn’t necessarily connect with a psychology degree, more-so a nursing degree. However, I write up reports, make copies of documents, keep up with the newest health concerns, educate the public about health, and interact with the public during house calls. This allows me to have more knowledge and experience when working with individuals in a mental health setting.”
During your internship search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
“I have gone above and beyond with my designs for the brochures and posters. I have also kept in contact with my employers, making sure I can do anything to make their days easier. I often offer my advice on certain subjects when I find information related to my psychology major.”
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship search process?
“Career Services was wonderful. They gave me multiple prospects to intern for when I was lost on which type of internship I could do. They reviewed my resume and gave me great advice on how I could improve it (adding a cover letter really made me stand out). The amount of help, advice, and encouragement made this process easy.”
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
“This internship has already taught me so much about myself and the community I work in. It allowed me to break free out of my comfort zone and work closely with other people who could benefit from my experiences. If any student has any doubts about being an intern or think that being an intern doesn’t get you much, think again. Currently, I am building my professional relationships, applying my knowledge to a profession, and growing as an individual. My advice to students who may be wanting to participate in an internship is, of course you should! You will not regret it.”