Give three words that sum up your internship experience.
Fun. Creative. Rewarding.
How did you learn about your internship?
“I learned about it through Career Services at Carthage.”
Describe your internship.
“My duties vary from day to day. Normally my supervisor in the Outreach Services department has me plan outreach activities for the library, such as Harbor Market Day activities. We also go into the community and distribute library cards to students or find out what books/materials are needed for a school book sale or the bookmobile. In the Youth Services department I assist wherever they need me. Normally I create crafts for children’s activities, such as paper kites or story-themed hats, and help the children make them, too. I also assist staff members with student classes put on by the library, such as tech learning and art, and I do Spanish translation for patrons who come in and do not speak English fluently.”
What do you enjoy most about your internship? What are some of the challenges?
“I enjoy most seeing the children’s faces light up when they make a craft or seeing the Spanish-speakers smile when I communicate with them in their native tongue. Some of the challenges have been not always having a project to work on right away and coming up with creative ideas.”
How does your internship fit with your long-term career goals?
“This internship fits with my long-term career goals because I see myself as an educator working with students and English language learners, as well as doing outreach in the community where I am placed.”
During your internship search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
“I made myself stand out by emphasizing my knowledge of English literature and language, Spanish speaking skills, and love for making crafts and working with students.”
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship search process?
“During my internship search process, I found it helpful to have feedback from Career Services about what I could do better.”
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
“Do your best to find something that relates with what you want to do. Ask questions and try new things. Have fun!”