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Gaucho Intern Spotlight: Featuring Career’s Internship Scholarship Program 2017 Recipients

October 4, 2017

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Student Name: Sydney

Expected graduation date: June 2019

Major(s): History

Organization Name & Internship Title: University of California Office of Federal Government Relations Legislative Intern

Location of Internship: Washington, D.C.

  1. Briefly describe a typical day at your internship, such as the type of training you received or project you worked on. Any highlights or favorite moments?

During the times that congress was in session, I was required to attend congressional hearings chosen by our staff. After attending a hearing, I would return to the office to complete a hearing summary which I then submitted to the FGR staff. I also assisted the Communications Specialists with special projects such as social media tracking and updating information sheets used for lobbying efforts. The office also gave me the freedom to attend hearings that interested me and this kept me on Capitol Hill around three times per week. One of the highlights of my internship include lobbying in the Capitol building, because I was given an insider’s tour of the building and also learned the importance of lobbying on the federal level.

 

  1. How did this internship or research experience help you to explore and prepare for your career goals? (i.e. consider the biggest take-away(s) or skills from the experience that will help you in the future; or valuable connections you made along the way).

This internship was a great first introduction to an office setting, and I was fortunate to have given an end-of-internship presentation that improved my public speaking, research and presentation skills. This internship also gave me the freedom to explore my interests in addition to my daily duties. I intend to pursue a career in law and my internship gave me the permission me to attend Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and meetings with practicing lawyers. Attending these hearings and meetings got me interested in constitutional law as an emphasis and expanded my professional network which I will later use when applying to law school.

 

  1. In what ways did Career Services’ Internship Scholarship award help you to participate in this summer internship?

I used much of the award to pay for housing at the UC Washington Center. However, I did set aside money to pay for business formal attire and a couple of weeks worth of groceries.

 

  1. What 1-2 pieces of advice would you give to fellow Gauchos to help them find and apply to this specific internship, or a similar internship?

Do not doubt your ability to apply to programs like UCDC or EAP. You may not have the same qualifications as other candidates, but that is what makes you unique. If I would have been discouraged to apply to the UC Washington program because I was younger than the average applicant, I would have missed out on solidifying my future career. Also, if you are applying to internships in Washington, D.C. in the summer, do not get discouraged if you do not hear back from some of them, continue applying and you will find your dream internship.

 

Student Name: Aziz

Expected graduation date: August 2020

Major(s): Pre-Biology

 Organization Name & Internship Title: Heartland/Hospice Care

Location of Internship: Irvine & Laguna Hills

  1. Briefly describe a typical day at your internship, such as the type of training you received or project you worked on. Any highlights or favorite moments?

During training, I spent hours with my volunteer coordinator about the right ways to spend time with a hospice patient. Hospice patients are terminally ill and often times very old patients who know they are terminally ill. My trainer was very pleasant and welcoming in her training sessions and would often remark how we as volunteers are never obligated to complete any task for our patients. During a typical visit for one of my patients I would welcome them and tell them a bit about my day. I would then ask them how their day was spent and if they had any plans for the rest of the day. Hospice visitations are quite simple in their nature as their goal is to detract the patient from thoughts on their terminal illness. Seeing the smile on a my patients’ face upon seeing as well as hearing the thank you from them is probably my favorite part of each visit.

 

  1. How did this internship or research experience help you to explore and prepare for your career goals? (i.e. consider the biggest take-away(s) or skills from the experience that will help you in the future; or valuable connections you made along the way).

This volunteering opportunity greatly helped me in my pursuit of a medical career, as I looked a little closer into the types of people that I would be working with on a regular basis. I think this experience has greatly improved my patience and conversation skills. (I had a patient with dementia who would often times think hard for a response and many times not respond at all to a direct question due to him forgetting).

 

  1. In what ways did Career Services’ Internship Scholarship award help you to participate in this summer internship?

Career services graciously awarded me with a scholarship so that I may pay rent for my off campus apartment over the summer. Without this money I would have had to devote almost all of my summer time to obtaining money for rent.

 

  1. What 1-2 pieces of advice would you give to fellow Gauchos to help them find and apply to this specific internship, or a similar internship?

I would say that if there is a will there is a way. If you put in the effort looking for an internship like this one then you will be rewarded. We are past the points in our lives where you can benefit greatly without putting in hard work.

 

Student Name: Damaris

 Expected graduation date: June 2018

 Major(s): Sociology, Educational Studies

 Organization Name & Internship Title:

Santa Barbara Education Foundation, Development Assistant

 Location of Internship: Santa Barbara, California

  1. Briefly describe a typical day at your internship, such as the type of training you received or project you worked on. Any highlights or favorite moments?

During my typical day at Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF), I am responsible for overseeing several databases by maintaining updated information. A continuous data project is managing our Donation records and creating customized thank you letters for all donors. Also, I helped manage the social media accounts such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter while figuring out effectve marketing strategies. One of my main projects was creating official transcripts for students that took summer classes. I helped create SBEF’s first transcripts system by efficiently correlating the multiple courses students took with their corresponding mailing addresses. My favorite highlight is when I attended a Music Teachers’ Appreciation gathering. It was amazing to see how the teachers openly discussed the issues they are facing at their host schools. This is valuable because I learned the importance of group collaboration as they were brainstorming ways to help provide equitable education to all students.

 

  1. How did this internship or research experience help you to explore and prepare for your career goals? (i.e. consider the biggest take-away(s) or skills from the experience that will help you in the future; or valuable connections you made along the way).

This internship helped me explore the field of higher education at a non-profit organization. I was able to gain experience in a professional setting, at the only non-profit organization that supports all the schools in Santa Barbara Unified School District. I feel honored for this opportunity and it has even further inspired me to help my hometown’s education system in Inglewood. In the future, I will like to join the executive board of the Inglewood Educational Foundation. I believe that all students have a right to achieve higher education and my goal is to help lead the district’s administration. I learned about the various programs SBEF offers students, such as Band camp, summer classes and even mentorship. I admire SBEF contributions to the community and one day, I hope Inglewood can provide students with similar opportunities. I plan to attend graduate school for my Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs to prepare for my career goals. SBEF has helped confirm my desire to pursue a career as an Education Guidance Specialist and Project Coordinator.

 

  1. In what ways did Career Services’ Internship Scholarship award help you to participate in this summer internship?

The Career Services’ Internship Scholarship award made my experience possible. Since my internship was unpaid, I decided to apply for this scholarship because I have a passion for higher education. This scholarship helped fund my summer housing expenses. I had a wonderful time: getting to know some executive directors, learning about the ongoing projects and providing my perspective on their projects. I am grateful that I had Career Services’ financial support because it eliminated a huge financial burden. I focused more on growing professionally instead of working just to make ends meet. I truly had a wonderful summer experience thanks to this Internship Scholarship.

 

  1. What 1-2 pieces of advice would you give to fellow Gauchos to help them find and apply to this specific internship, or a similar internship?

When it comes to higher education, we prioritize community returns. My advice is to identify your exigence within the field of higher education and that would guide you to pursue your passion. Always take advantage of your resources to pursue what you love.

From one Gaucho to another, I am here for you.

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