I have known ever since I was a young girl carting books with me everywhere I went, that I wanted to work in a library. This past semester, Dr. Ganges gave a talk to English majors sharing her archival research experiences in Scotland. Her discussion made me think about pursuing a different career focus. This seemed like a similar niche about organizing information and having a real influence on how people access information, but different from the work of a librarian. My summer internship at the Northport Historical Society is a unique way to work on research skills that could lead to a future career either at a historical archive or special collection library. I am gaining skills that could be used in this area but working with local artifacts from the Northport (Long Island, New York) Community. Each artifact I process needs to be evaluated and cataloged. I have assessed photos, newspaper articles and other various historical items. By learning how to catalog these historical documents and artifacts, I am learning about how The Society also hosts various community events that will give me experience working and interacting with the members. This experience will broaden the opportunities of my career path to look at history more than just the bookshelves in a library. By having experience with special collections including historical documents my career path could be broadened to working in museums as an archivist.
This summer I will be working in Dr. Jong-Hyun Son’s Neuroscience Research Lab at the University of Scranton. Neuroscience is not only the foundation of my major but also of my future career. I am excited to gain more knowledge of the intricate connections of the nervous system and how these connections shape our everyday lives. The study of the brain and its processes are so fascinating to me because there is always something new to learn and investigate. During this internship, I will be researching the effects of hypoxia-induced neurotoxicity on adult zebrafish. I desire to further understand how hypoxic conditions affect the swimming behavior and neural connections of the zebrafish. I am excited to advance my lab techniques, communication skills, and data analysis efficiency. I look forward to applying the scientific method to intellectual inquiries and relating my findings to prior and future experiences.
Currently, my responsibility is maintaining the zebrafish colonies, which includes cleaning their tanks and filters, balancing water pH, and providing them with proper nutrition. I will then use the zebrafish to complete novel tank diving and z-maze behavioral trials. Then, I will perform immunohistochemistry to evaluate the effects of hypoxia on the cellular and molecular level. This research is important because understanding the functioning of the nervous system brings the scientific community closer to developing better treatments and, potentially, cures for neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders. Participating in this internship will not only allow me to pursue my passion for research, but it will be a stepping stone in my career as a medical professional. I aspire to become a neurosurgeon, and as a neurosurgeon my goal is to take part in medical breakthroughs and advancements in order to change the lives of others. This internship is the catalyst in neuroscience research that will be carried into my career as a physician and diagnostician.
As I am entering my senior year at The University of Scranton, I am hoping to gather more information about what I want to do with my criminal justice degree and psychology and crime analysis minors. As I personally see it, internships are a good testing ground for people like me that are looking to explore different career paths with different industries. With my last internship and this current one, I look forward to being able to experience things firsthand. With my internship at The New Jersey State Parole Board this summer, I am looking to gain more experience and knowledge about the different parts of the criminal justice system. Following my internship with the New Jersey State Police in their Criminal Records and Compliance Unit last year, I am looking to explore the different careers that make up the criminal justice system as a whole. With entering my senior year, I am trying to figure out what my final destination career path is going to look like. I am hoping that these experiences will help me decide if I want to go to graduate school and get my masters in something more specific within the criminal justice realm, or if I want to go right into work as soon as I graduate from Scranton. I am specifically also seeking to gain practical experience, industry exposure, establishing networks within each department as well as developing my skills and intellectual abilities from these experiences.
I plan to learn a plethora of new skills and get practical experience from working as a clinical research intern this summer at Friendship House in Scranton. Psychology is a broad major with countless paths, with students typically attending graduate school post-graduation in numerous disciplines. This internship will narrow my interest and guide my graduate school applications. The skills learned at this internship will be a fantastic asset in the future as I learn the components of clinical research trials. This will be a vital skill I can use when researching my projects and helping other professors as a research assistant.
This internship will also assist me in preparing for my University Honors Program research project. It will give me practical knowledge in the area of parent-child interaction therapy, and the skills learned will be put into practice as I develop a research project of my own. This internship will likely accelerate my honors program project, which will be fantastic in the long run. Thanks to this internship, I’ll be able to compose a more complex and detailed project because I understand the information.
I hope to learn many things from the clinicians I will be working with. I hope to ask good questions that’ll provoke thought and meaningful conversations. These experiences cannot be taught in the classroom, so it is a priceless experience.
Lastly, I plan to take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity and I know I will thoroughly enjoy it. The Royal Experience has provided me with this extraordinary opportunity, and I am forever thankful for the Center for Career Development and the Psychology department for always supporting me and assisting me.
My internship with the NJSPB this summer was undeniably rewarding. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect was learning and experiencing more than I ever could in a classroom. While I highly value my education, my internship introduced me to a professional work environment, strengthened my hard and soft skills, and familiarized me with the inner workings of the criminal justice system. After all, these rewards are not typically feasible in a traditional academic setting. As a result, I am positive my experience this summer will give me a competitive edge in the future job market.
The most challenging aspect of my internship was maintaining my self-confidence. As the only intern in my unit (and the floor of the building), it was intimidating being the new face in the office. Most people have worked for the NJSPB for several years and know their colleagues well. Additionally, with no prior experience in the criminal justice field, a great deal of information was conveyed to me, all of which I did my best to absorb. Nevertheless, as the weeks passed, my confidence grew, and my knowledge expanded. I learned not to be afraid to speak up, ask questions, and share new ideas. Fortunately, I was guided and supported tremendously by my supervisor and colleagues. I am very grateful for such an enlightening summer, and I am excited to return to campus soon for my senior year!
Internships are a valuable asset to traditional college education. The most rewarding aspect of my internship thus far has been the opportunity to develop professional skills while also furthering my knowledge in the field through hands-on application. In many of my academic courses, I have learned about various IT tasks and concepts. However, I was not able to fully grasp the ideas presented in class until I was able to see them in action. I now have a clearer understanding of what Information Technology really involves and what skills are needed to be successful in the field. Developing connections and expanding my network has also been an extremely rewarding aspect of my internship. I have had the opportunity to meet accomplished individuals who have shared their experiences and given me advice to help advance my career.
The most challenging part has been overcoming the learning curve that comes with taking on a role in a brand-new environment. Initially, I felt unsure as to how I would apply my skillsets. The environment was unfamiliar, and I had surface-level knowledge of the concepts presented to me. However, as time went on, I began to find my niche within the workplace. I learned the value of asking questions and taking advantage of the resources available to me. I was encouraged to ask questions if I was unfamiliar with a concept and my mentors were happy to provide answers. Internships are learning experiences and interns are not expected to have all the answers. I am eager to continue learning and applying the knowledge I have learned down the road.
I have just sadly wrapped up my time at Good Grief on August 5th. It has been such a rewarding experience for me. The most rewarding part was definitely facilitating support groups because I was able to be hands on with families participating in the Nights of Support programs and see the struggles of each age group. This was also important to me because this opportunity helped me narrow down what age groups I gravitated towards. I really enjoyed working with the middle school and high school groups which is what I predicted.
I consider myself very lucky because during my time at Good Grief, I didn’t face many challenges as far as data collection, gathering supplies for summer camp, researching organizations for community outreach database, or any other administrative work. However, one thing that was challenging for me was learning to not self-disclose when I was with the middle school and high school participants. As the facilitator, I had to let the participants control the conversation and make sure they are the center of the group. This group is not for me to participate in, but I am simply a guide. However, self-disclosing when we are talking about lighter topics was tempting for me. For example, one participant said they were thinking about going to the University of Scranton after senior year. Of course, I was extremely tempted to let her know that I go to Scranton and express how much I love it. I knew that it could derail the conversation and others wouldn’t be included in the conversation. Learning to not self-disclose definitely got easier as time when on, and I am glad I learned to control when to self-disclose. This skill will be extremely important for me as a future counselor!
My internship is nearly over as I am writing this blog post. By the time it is posted, I will be done with my internship with the Borgen Project. Because of this, I have a clear idea about what has been challenging throughout my internship with the Borgen Project and what I have found rewarding. The thing that I found most challenging during this internship has been the public relations portion of it. I am a marketing major and this internship is a PR/Marketing internship, so I am doing a bit of both. The reason that I find the PR aspect so difficult is because of the lack of control that I have over whether or not it succeeds. To put my point in more concrete terms, I was required as part of this internship to get four pieces of media that discuss the Borgen Project published by media outlets. This could include newspaper, social media influencers, or other media outlets that would draw attention. I got two published through personal connections, but I for a while struggled to get anything additional published. I sent letters to the editor to newspapers, and I had one letter posted in the Scranton Times and successfully completed the goal!
The most rewarding part of my internship has been seeing how willing people are to help out a good cause. In case you did not know, the Borgen Project is a nonprofit that advocates for the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger globally. It has been both eye opening and rewarding to see how willing people are to help the cause of eradicating global extreme poverty. In a similar way, it is rewarding that I am able to do my part in helping the cause while also being able to learn skills in marketing that I can use for a future career in the marketing field.
It is hard to believe that my time at the Montgomery County Detective Bureau is already over. There were many rewarding aspects to this internship. This internship gave me so many opportunities to experience so many new things within the criminal justice system. My most favorite experience was definitely getting to shadow an autopsy. I almost passed out during it, but I still thought it was the coolest thing ever. It also helped me decide that I was definitely more suited for an analysis job. Another rewarding part of this internship was knowing how much of an impact my work was making on my community. I was assigned to work in the Detective Bureau’s Major Crimes unit to analyze data in an ongoing investigation for catalytic convertor theft. My job was to look through GPS tracking data and see if it lined up with addresses listed in police reports as well as noting other stand out addresses and reporting my findings to the detectives in that unit to be used in court. I was also able to work with some of the Detective Bureau’s Intelligence Analysts and check out the programs they use for their analysis. Being that this is my intended career path, I am extremely grateful that I was given the opportunity to learn about the different ways intelligence analysis is done, as well as putting everything I’ve learned at Scranton to use in a real-life case.
The most challenging part of this internship was the day-to-day schedule because this job is not like other jobs where you know exactly what you are going to be doing every day. There were some days where I had a million things to do and others where I would do the most minimal tasks just to feel like I had done something. This was difficult to face at first because I felt like I was not contributing or being lazy on the days where nothing was happening, but one of the lieutenants assured me that it was completely normal because crime does not run on a 9 to 5 schedule.
This summer, I am an intern at the New Jersey State Parole Board (NJSPB) with their Community Programs Division (CPD). I have completed only a handful of days here yet have already gained a deeper understanding of parole. For example, I had the opportunity to sit in on a revocation hearing, which occurs when a parolee has violated a condition of their release. I also had the opportunity to observe a parole board hearing in which a prison inmate is eligible for parole. In this instance, the parole board decided to grant the defendant parole and require his participation in a community program. Both hearings exposed me to the prison population and gave me firsthand experience with what the NJSPB does.
In addition to observing two hearings, I have learned extensively about various community programs. These programs are offered or sometimes required for parolees based on needs, such as substance abuse or addiction counseling and mental health recovery. I have yet to visit these programs in person, which I hope to do soon. Still, new program ideas are often being proposed, and I have already had the chance to help brainstorm program ideas for different groups of offenders.
These community programs are about more than just compliance; rather, the goal is behavior and attitude change. Parole gives second chances, which everyone deserves. The CPD holds a positive mindset toward second chances, which I share, and have wanted to incorporate into my future career. Though I am not certain of my long-term career goals, my internship has reinforced my interest in offender rehabilitation and transition in the community.