Gaucho Intern Spotlight: Featuring Career’s Internship Scholarship Program 2018 Dream Award Recipients!

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Learn more about the Summer 2018 experiences of our Dream Award Internship Scholarship recipients!

Student Name: Daniela

Expected graduation date: June 2020

Major(s): Chicana/o Studies and Sociology

Organization Name & Internship Title: Building Healthy Communities: East Salinas

Location of Internship: Salinas, CA

  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 My internship was not a typical eight to five job, every day came with different tasks and experiences. There were days where I would have to come into the office and reply to emails, log information into excel sheets, transcribe notes, and help with any other tasks as needed. On the other hand, there were days in which I would attend meetings with my supervisor and just be doing things outside of the office. The project that I had the opportunity to help with during my internship was a youth initiative called Ciclovía Salinas. Ciclovía Salinas is an open street project where 1.6 miles of a street in Salinas is transformed into an open space for residents to utilize by participating in a wide range of physical activities. The mission of this event is to promote health, unite the community, stimulate the local economy, change the narrative of the city, and most importantly develop youth leadership. Since I had the opportunity to help with this project, I had to attend weekly meetings with the youth who were planning this event. The group of high school aged youth who are part of the planning process was about eighty. The highlight was going to the weekly meetings and getting to know the youth and seeing their progress throughout my time there. I also enjoyed meeting the other staff members of the organization and building connections.
  2. 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 experience was definitely a very rewarding one. I am super grateful for the opportunity that I had to learn and grow as a professional individual. I was able to enhance my organizational and public speaking skills, and develop new ones that I did not know I acquired. This experience has definitely made me more confident about myself and less afraid to ask questions when I need to. The thing that I will cherish the most about this experience is the valuable connections that I made during my time at Building Healthy Communities. I was able to connect with the staff and resident groups that form part of this organization. I think that my biggest take-away was that I realized that I enjoyed working with youth and I will now explore a career in counseling for high school students. I was able to connect with some of these youth and give them advice about their future plans, which is something that I found very rewarding. In addition, I found interest in potentially working for a non-profit sometime during my lifetime. Above all, my experience at Building Healthy Communities: East Salinas was a memorable and rewarding one.
  3. In what ways did Career Services’ Internship Scholarship award help you to participate in this summer internship?The Career Services’ Internship Scholarship award allowed me to participate in this summer internship by encouraging me to seek opportunities and land an internship that was of interest to me. Given that I was receiving a scholarship for obtaining an internship made it easier to allocate time to my internship and gain professional experience.
  4. 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? The advice I would give a fellow Gaucho would be to reach out to people that you know because they might have a position open for you or they might know someone who is looking for an intern. The one thing I learned is it never hurts to ask and try.

Student Name: Yesica

Expected graduation date: June 2019

Major(s): Sociology

Organization Name & Internship Title: Monterey County Migrant Education Program/ Intern

Location of Internship: Salinas, CA

  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?

I would arrive and check-in with the director, who sometimes would provide history about the Migrant Education Program and his philosophy, in addition to how he implemented it to the different sectors of the program. I would then go to another part of the program that focused on education of migrant toddlers and helped organized the materials that the visiting teachers would use for the year. I also had the opportunity to do recruiting of agricultural migrant families that would be able to qualify for the Migrant Education Program. For this part, I had to learn the different programs offered to help migrant families in the different phases of their travels. I loved this part because I got to interact with the agriculture workers, as they reminded me of my parents, in their desire for working hard for a better future for their kids. In the off-day I had the chance to help the secretaries with office work. In the Migrant Education Program, I followed the process that a migrant family had to go through in order for them to be qualified for the program and then the way this program would help financially and through supplemental programs.

  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).

I was able to see the administrative side of education and learned that I was interested in overseeing budgets and funds related to it. I was able to connect with different people of the different programs. I liked how the Migrant Education Program was like an umbrella to other programs designed to help migrant families. I was able to connect with other professionals that had a similar background to me and learn about their educational journeys that helped me design a plan of what road to follow to work in the education administrative side.

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

The scholarship made me able to explore my interest in education without having to worry about being financially stable during the summer. By having this award, I was able to learn and network with people that may help later in my search of finding a job in their program. Additionally, the award helped because my internship was at a non-profit, which usually do not offer paid internships, thus making it easier to find the position.

  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 advise them to reach out to their school districts or just search for a program that offers what one is interested in, even though they may not have a specific intern position – being the first intern makes one able to help design the position and choose what areas of the program to delve deeper into.

Thanks to our recipients for sharing all about their summers! To learn more about Career Services Internship Scholarship Program, check out our website: http://career.sa.ucsb.edu/internships/scholarship

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