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Shannon Black ’16

Major(s)

Political Science

Hometown

Dubuque, Iowa

Name of Business/Organization

New Moms Inc.

Internship Position

Administrative Intern

Give three words that sum up your internship experience.

Challenging, Humbling, Humanizing

How did you learn about your internship?

“My internship did not previously exist. I emailed the woman who would come to be my supervisor around the preceding Christmastime and asked if there was any intern work in which I might be able to participate.”

Describe your internship.

“Every day I would take the city bus from the home of my host family to the neighborhood of Austin. My work at New Moms consisted mostly of daily administrative tasks and I also helped to facilitate intake processes and emergency services. On Wednesdays I had the privilege of making candles and chatting with participants at Bright Endeavors, the social enterprise of New Moms.”

What do you enjoy most about your internship? What are some of the challenges?

“I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the stories of Bright Endeavors participants. These young women are full of life and have much to offer. I was personally challenged by the overwhelming poverty in the city of Chicago. It is difficult to comprehend, though there is freedom in knowing that God uplifts the brokenhearted and is restoring lives in unimaginable ways.”

How does your internship fit with your long-term career goals?

“I will most likely be pursuing a dual masters degree in divinity and social work, and I would eventually like to work for a church or non-profit.”

During your internship search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?

“I pursued my employer, and this stood out to her. I also try to balance professionalism and being personable.”

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship search process?

“I find that it is quite helpful to ask those who are closest to you about the opportunities you are considering. ‘How do you think I would do in a role like this?’ ‘What personality traits do you identify in me that may help or hinder my working here?’ The honest opinions of those who care most are invaluable, and may give you greater insight than you can give yourself.”

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?

“Before agreeing to an internship, make sure that your employer has created clear set expectations and roles for you before you formally agree to anything. This is something that my employer at New Moms did which demonstrated to me that she respected me and wanted to honor my time and energy.”
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