The Internship Blog@Naz is an opportunity for second semester interns to reflect on their experiences at their internship sites. Please feel free to follow current students through their internship adventure or read about past interns below! For more information about the Internship Program at Nazareth College, please visit http://www.naz.edu/internships or contact Director of Internships, Emily Carpenter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Last time I left you, I was sitting in an airport in Florida on my way to Guatemala. Today I write to you from our collective home, Nazareth College, though Guatemala is never far from my mind. As implied, my internship incorporates a unique aspect that allowed me to travel abroad to conduct field work with a leading, international Holocaust and genocide research organization. But some of you may be wondering, "well what exactly do you mean by field work? What did you actually do?" Well, let me tell you.
Field work for many undergraduates is a vague and often misunderstood concept. It may incite images of indigenous peoples living in small, far away villages or a team digging up artifacts. But field work is much more broad, in fact most disciplines have some form of field work. For me, I conducted genocide research field work. I was part of a team that conducted interviews with survivors from a civil war to better understand what these people lived through.
My position on the team was very undefined, though not in a negative way. I am the first undergraduate student to have interned in the field with this organization, so it was a new experience for everyone involved. This actually worked to my advantage as it allowed me to find my own place. I was able to use my skill set to integrate my studies into their work in a way that benefited both parties. So not only was I able to gather data for my own research, as I am currently writing an honors thesis in regards to such work, but I was able to offer my skills in a way that filled a void. I was able to help translate the testimonies written in Spanish into English, as there was no one on the team whose primary language is English. The fact that I was able to find my own niche within the group was very affirming, and I encourage any student intern to do the same if ever they feel out of place!
I never really thought that I would feel "surprised" at Ontario ARC. I had read through the website so many times that it felt like I had it all memorized. However, I now know just how surprising this organization is. I honestly believe that I have been surprised every day that I have gone to work at the Eberhardt Center.
The first thing that really stood out to me, and continues to stand out, is the atmosphere at ARC. The people who work there are truly a family, and they have welcomed me in with open arms. During one of my first weeks, one staff member was leaving Eberhardt and moving to a new job at another Ontario ARC location. That was the first time I saw how much the staff care about one another. There was laughter, tears, and lots of food. I was so shocked because this employee was going to be working literally across the road, not miles away. I now know how important these relationships are. Working at a place like Eberhardt is not easy. Some days are very rough and it seems like everything that can go wrong does, but knowing that other staff members have had those days and will support you, only serves to strengthen these relationships. I feel like a part of this family too now. I cannot even begin to count the amount of times per day that I am teased (in good fun), encouraged, and supported. I have been given just about every opportunity that I have asked for, and I think that that is truly amazing.
I have also been surprised by myself. I have definitely become more assertive, and not only do I advocate for those served by ARC, but I also have begun to advocate for myself. If I think that a training or meeting would be beneficial, I have begun to ask if I can attend instead of just wondering what it would be like. I think that one of the best parts of this internship, is that I really do learn something every day I am working. Sometimes it is about a participant, sometimes it is about the staff or Ontario ARC as a whole, and sometimes it is about me. I can only imagine what I will learn tomorrow, much less the rest of this semester.
One thing I particularly love about my internship is that I am all over the place for it. I don't have one set spot. When I meet with my supervisor, we meet in his office. When I meet with the Naz Spirit Committee to plan larger events, we meet in the Athletics Hall of Fame. And then obviously, my "office" changes depending on what promotional event I am running! I get to work in the gym as well as outdoors at various events.
This winter I spent a lot of time in the gym running promotional events for the basketball team, but as the weather gets nicer, I'll get to be outside running promotions for softball, tennis, and lacrosse! If you go to Nazareth, you know that Naz isn't a huge campus, but there's still many different places that I can be for different athletic contests and it is so much fun to do.
Some fortunate people know what they want to do with the rest of their lives when they are like 10 years old. I, however, was not that lucky. I went through high school and the first half of college thinking that I wanted to do something with psychology and helping people, but in such a broad field, where do you begin? Then, a little over a year ago, I took a class called "The Psychology of Learning" as an elective. With that class, and later "Behavior Modification," I knew what I wanted to spend my life doing. These two classes were based in a branch of psychology that I quickly fell in love with and knew I would practice for the rest of my life known as behaviorism. Today, behaviorism techniques and tools are constantly being applied all around us, but they are particularly effective with individuals with intellectual disabilities.
My name is Meaghan Kanaley, and I am a senior psychology major. I have two minors in gerontology and religious studies as well. Knowing these facts about behaviorism drew me to Ontario ARC, a not-for-profit organization based in Canandaigua that works with individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. Ontario ARC offers a wide range of services, such as vocational, residential, clinical, day habitlitation, recreational, support, and transportation. At Ontario ARC, I am working directly with a Behavioral Intervention Specialist, who creates and manages the behavioral plans, responds to behavior crisises, and teaches employees how to interact with those ARC serves. His career is very similar to the career I hope to one day have. I have spent the vast majority of my time at the with this specialist at The Eberhardt Center, a day habilitation site.
The first mistake I made at ARC was saying in one of my goal statements that "I want to learn what a normal day for a behavioral specialist is like." Everyone I work with is very kind, but they all told me that there is no such thing as a "normal" day in this field. I can honestly say that no two days have been remotely alike in the 5 or so weeks I have been there. Most of my days thus far have consisted of some combination of observation (a huge component of behaviorism), hands on work (feeding participants, leading group activities, assisting participants), learning about some of the participants served at Eberhardt, attending meetings, and asking many questions. I have been learning so much about the duties of a behavioral specialist, working with these populations, and my reflexes are starting to get very good. Although some days have proven to be challenging, I am looking forward to learning, seeing, and participating more in the near future!
My name is Kelsey Sweet. I am currently junior here at Nazareth. I am a Communications and Rhetoric major and I have a Sports Marketing minor.
I would like to go into marketing once I graduate from college, and sports interest me in particular. This semester is my second semester as the marketing intern for Naz Athletics.
As the marketing intern, I get to communicate with a lot of the Nazareth coaches to see what exactly they would like to see done as far as game promotions goes for their team. Last semester I got to plan a home opener hockey tailgate with our Spirit Committee, run various shooting contests at basketball games, and make lots of "good luck" banners for teams whose contests are not as well attended or more difficult to get to. Just to name a few things :) I am continuing to do these sorts of things for the spring sports this semester!
A few weeks ago, I ran an on ice shooting contest in between periods at a Nazareth Ice Hockey game! It's these kind of things that make my internship so much fun. I would love to continue to do these kinds of things on a professional level.
This past Saturday was a big day for the Rochester Knighthawks. They were competing against the Buffalo Bandits, one of their rivals. The stadium was PACKED with both Knighthawks and Bandit fans. Of course the Knighthawks out cheered them and it was a very rowdy game. The Knighthawks pulled out a victory at the end of the day with a 9-6 win over the Bandits!
Before the game even started, we had a suprise proposal at face off. It was so exciting! The guy was a season ticket holder and he made it seem that he was picked to do face off because he was a season ticket holder. The girl was clueless and as the guy bent down to drop the ball, he knelt on one knee and proposed. She was so surprise and said YES!! It was so cute and the fans loved it! Here is a picture of the proposal.
My job on game day is working with productions. I actually get to wear an offical headset to listen in on the behind the scenes actions, which I love! For pre game, I have to attend the productions meetings which lets everyone know the game plan for the night. During the game, I am responsible for helping out the productions team with making sure pre game and half time events go out on the field on time and that everything runs smoothly. Working with productions, I get to deal with a lot of different teams, schools, and performance acts which is a lot of fun. I think my favorite part is being able to wear the headset because I feel so official.
If you are in the area, I encourage you to check out a Knighthawks game. They are full of excitement and fun and maybe you will see me working!
Recently, I have gained more responsibility in the office which I am truly enjoying! At first, I would come into my office hours and either type raffle sheets into an excel sheet, laminate papers, or organize. Now, I am getting more involved with game day operations which is what I enjoy the most. In other words, I am helping to prepare for each game day at home. For example, I am responsible for creating table maps and suite maps for game day which show what needs to be set up and who will be located in the suites for that game. I have to check with the employees in the office when the sheets are completed to make sure everyone is on the same page and that the sheets are correct. Before each game, I need to make sure these sheets are complete and updated so that it can be avaibale to the employees to use.
Although I am at work, I truly enjoy going to work. Everyone that I work with is pretty laid back and I enjoy their company. However, I am the clear target to make fun of because I am a student at Nazareth. Most of my coworkers have either graduated from St. John Fisher or currently study at Fisher, so you can only imagine what I have to deal with. But, it is all in good fun and I can give it back! It is nice to work in an environment where you can joke around with everyone. I enjoy going to my office hours three times a week and not a lot of people can say that they enjoy going to work! Also, I am comfortable with the people I work with which is also a plus. Below are some pictures of my coworkers and I around the office!
Derek trying on a kids size Knighthawks t-shirt!
Me and Ben before SuperBowl Sunday representing Eli Manning!! (Although the SuperBowl was between the Broncos and the Seahawks, I always support NY Giants!)
You know that feeling you get when you're waiting anxiously for something, but at the same time you're entirely nervous about the moment's arrival? That has been my emotional status for the last week as I awaited the date I would fly out of Rochester bound for Guatemala. But it is not just the traveling that has my stomach twisted up in knots, but who I will be meeting and interning for when I reach Guatemala. You see, my arrival marks the beginning of an amazing experience interning for an international Holocaust research organization. But let me back up a few steps to introduce myself. My name is Candice Gage and this is my story.
Spring 2014 marks my last semester here at Nazareth College as an undergraduate anthropology student, but my first as a student intern. To make this last semester really count, I not only applied for and began an internship with the immigration unit at the Legal Aid Society of Rochester, but created an internship with Dr. Nowak, the Religious Studies department chair. And while I could talk endlessly of both experiences, this blog will highlight the latter as I create a unique and collaborative internship to learn what it means to be and what it takes to become a genocide studies researcher.
Currently, I am writing this post from the Tampa International airport in Florida contemplating my undergraduate career up until this point. I can honestly say I did not see myself here four years ago--not even four months ago, but I am honored to have been invited to intern during a field work period of town weeks with an organization dedicated to the systematic documenting of genocide. Yahad-In Unum is a Paris-based organization that is applying its research methodology in both Eastern Europe and now Guatemala to document the atrocities that occurred in both countries. Their work is then used to educate others of the existence and effects of genocide. Not only will I act as intern during their first time conducting field work in Guatemala, but I am also coordinating their visit to Nazareth college at the end of March alongside Dr. Nowak, Janice Bertoni, and Jamie Fazio. With such excellent mentors from both an international organization as well as our own college, there will be no end to the skills and knowledge I will gain this semester.
I look forward to sharing this with you all and I hope you will find this blog as enriching as I wish it to be!
Hello everyone! My name is Krista Pagan and I am a Senior Business Administration Major with a Minor is Sports Management. I am from Orange County, NY which is about an hour North of New York City.
Since I am interested in sports, I want to work in the sports industry, specifically in game management. Over the summer, I interned with the Hudson Valley Renegades which is a minor league baseball team. This Spring semester I have the great opportunity to intern with the Rochester Knighthawks (K-Hawks). For those of you who are unfamiliar with this organization, the Knighthawks are an indoor lacrosse team that play at Blue Cross Areana in Rochester, NY. The Knighthawks are a very successful team winning two consecutive championships (2012 & 2013).
For my internship, I am required to be at every home game (nine this season), and have office hours three times a week. My office hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and I use them to help prepare for game days. Game days are incredible!! Indoor lacrosse games are very different from every other sports. It is an amazing experience and I encourge you to come to an indoor lacrosse game sometime (especially the Rochester Knighthawks). I will try to get a lot of pictures and video to show you the excitement of my internship and having a job in sports entertainment!
Today is my final day at my fall internship here at Messenger Post Media in Canandaigua. I will miss my co-workers, my cublicle, the beautiful drive, and most importantly, the work I have conducted here and have been plugging away at throughout the semester.
There are so many new skills and techniques I have learned from these people and the projects I have been working on. I think the biggest thing I will take away from this experience is the real world aspect of how a comany and its employees really work.
On our site visit today, where my supervisior and I explored the company grounds and what we do here at MPM, was really intriguing to our (Naz's) Comm/Rhet director. It was light but educational, just like the atmosphere here. I shared what I had learned here, what I will take away from this experience and how can I help future interns be better prepared for internships as well as jobs.
I explained that I was extremely well prepared by Nazareth. I had known all of the programs the design department works in, I was able to use a bit of technical writing on the job as well as tie in my PR, marketing and advertising while designing and constructing promos and advertisements.
I am so thankful to have been able to work at such a great establishment with wonderfully helpful co-workers. I encourage all students to take the time to involve yourself in more than one internship if your schedule permits. By interning over the summer and this fall, I was able to utilize both skills to create great work.
I am eager now more than ever to start my new life as a graduate of Nazareth College and be confident in the career choices I make. Interning is a brilliant way to utilize and grow your skills and tools to shape you into the best employee you can be.