Intern Name: Consuelo Gutierrez '15
Intern Title/Name of Organization: Campus Campaign Coordinator, Teach For America
How did you find out about the internship and what was the application process?
I found out about this internship from the Teach For America recruiter that works with the CSBSJU campuses.
What were some of the highlights?
I was able to work independently and use my campus connections to help promote Teach for America opportunities to students on campus.
What was a "typical day" like? What were some of your major responsibilities?
During a typical day I would create emails to be sent out to the entire student body by Career Services and other emails for students who had expressed interest in the program. I also maintained signage on both campuses about upcoming deadlines and to promote events about education inequity that I planned. I also had to update the database with any new contacts that I may have gotten and to keep track of interactions. I also had to attend weekly team meetings with the other CCC's on other university campuses and our supervisor. This allowed me to be accountable and to give and learn about strategies on how to promote Teach For America.
What were some of the challenges of your internship?
One of the challenges of this internship was trying to maintain a positive atmosphere and perspective on the program. As an alternative teaching program, there has been some backlash; however this only solidified my beliefs in the program and why I have chosen to commit to Teach For America after graduation.
What did you learn?
I learned the importance of catering a message to specific audiences in order to engage them fully in the message that I am trying to communicate. I also learned the value of branding and how to maintain a specific image about something, whether it's a specific program, event, or problem that arises. As an intern you are representative of whatever organization/company that you are working for and how you handle a situation is very important to the success of your work.
What advice would you give other students interested in internships?
I would tell other interns to stay positive during their internship experience. It is a learning experience and it's okay not to know everything. Interns should be confident enough to ask questions if they are unfamiliar with what to do or do not understand a task or project. And lastly, I would say that interns should engage fully in every small detail of the internship-whether its filing, updated a database, or attending meetings. You will learn so much more if you are fully engage in all of the small stuff just as much as with the big stuff.