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doralp.pngReginald

Describe your internship responsibilities?
I am a Summer Legal Intern 1 at the Law Office of Marlene A. Johnson, P.C. My main areas of responsibility are bankruptcies and elections, but I’ve also done research on basic case procedures and created in-office and client manuals to explain the process, so Attorney Johnson does not have to every time. I do a lot of research in these areas and I also get the opportunity to put my research to use directly with the clients. When it comes to cases basic case procedures, I have created templates for clients to answer question to assist Attorney Jonson during the discovery period. When I comes to bankruptcy I had to do research on the necessary documents needed that provides specific financial information. Then I communicate directly with the clients of current bankruptcy cases to retrieve those documents and prepare them in the proper order to be sent to the different Bankruptcy Trustees. Then modify current procedures to better receive those documents during initial consultation. When it comes to elections Attorney Johnson was the Attorney for a State Delegate candidate. I was required to learn election laws and create a list of possible Election Day violations by any party to train volunteers to follow the law and report violations.

What do/did you enjoy most about your internship?
On election day I supervised 11 different polling places in the 43rd district of MD for the candidate, I gathered information about the vote count, and violations by precincts and volunteers electioneering.

What has been the most challenging aspect of your internship?
During the course of my internship the most challenging thing has been the work load. For example, I see first-hand how to handle the case load from a variety of different cases simultaneously. As I assist Attorney Johnson with her cases she corrects my thought process so that I begin to think more like a lawyer. She keeps my busy but I’m grateful for the knowledge and challenge because it causes me to grow.

How did your education at Catawba College prepare you for your internship?
My education at Catawba really challenged me to be more of a reader and a thinker than I already am because even though something may seem to be right it still has to be proven. The countless writing assignments prompted me to be able to have proof when speaking and writing to back up what I am communicating.

What advice would you give to other students seeking internships?
Advice I would give to other students seeking internships is first come to Ms. Tyler-Smith and see want she has for you. Second, I would say start early in the internship search and be open minded your ideal internship might not come around the first time, therefore explore every option. Lastly, I would advise other students to update your resume as often as possible.

What advice would you give to your freshmen self?
Well I am my freshmen self still, so I would say keep up the good work.


josie.pngJosie

Describe your internship responsibilities?  
During my internship I had a handful of responsibilities. At Wound Care I was responsible for making reminder calls, sending faxes, filing patient’s files and paperwork.  At times I would help clean wheelchairs and run errands. While at Family Surgical Support I oversaw keeping the patient’s family members updated on the surgery process. I tidied up the waiting room, gave directions and assured family members where directed to the right area and provided the right information. I enjoyed my experience at Rowan Regional and hope to return next summer.

What do/did you enjoy most about your internship? 
My favorite part of my internship was the people I worked with. The people I worked with where so sweet and funny. I felt welcomed and accepted right away. I also enjoyed meeting patients and know I could put a smile on their faces.

What has been the most challenging aspect of your internship? 
The most difficult part of my internship was dealing with disruptive family members and the death of our patients. While working in Family Surgical Support I helped keep family members of the patient updated as the surgery took place. Occasionally I had a group of loud children or an overbearing mother. But in those situations, I had to remain calm and bite my tongue. While helping in the office at Wound Care it wasn’t uncommon for our patients to pass away. Considering most of the patients where in their late 70’s. It was hard seeing the charts of those who have passed but it taught me that the medical field has its cons.

How did your education at Catawba College prepare you for your internship? 
My education from Catawba College provided me with leadership skills which helped prepare me for the reasonability’s at my internship. Catawba College career services department provided me with knowledge of networking opportunities. Participating in PBL, a leadership club, gave me experience in being a leader and how to resolve conflict. My education at Catawba gave me the tools and knowledge to achieve and growth at my internship.

What advice would you give to other students seeking internships?  
I would highly recommend doing internships. It gives real hands on experience in the career you wish to peruse. I had my heart set on medical supply sales. After shadowing a sales representative for medical sales, I realized the job wasn’t that I thought it was. It was very boring, but there are other areas of medical sales and the person I shadowed recommended me on which would be the best fit for me. It showed me what the job I had been dreaming of was truly like and helped me not to have tunnel vision. Seeing the career, you want first hand can either reassure you of your job or help put you on a new path. It is also a wonderful networking opportunity.


jaida.pngJaida

Describe your internship responsibilities?
My internship responsibilities at Florida International University's Center for Children and Families Summer Treatment Program is to provide tailored behavioral treatment for a group of eleven 8 year old boys that have been diagnosed with ADHD, LD, ODD, CD or a number of all of these disorders. These kids are treated in a camp like setting, doing both academic and recreational activities. We treat these kids based off of how they behave and are evaluated during these peer relationships. We then use individualized programs along with a point system behavior modification programs where children earn points for appropriate behavior, and lose points for inappropriate behaviors for both the class and in recreational activities. My personal responsibilities are to enforce treatment strategies doing sports skills training, and practicing recreational basketball games as I am the basketball sports-lead. I am responsible for teaching both the skills of the game, and then implementing these skills in a basketball game later in the day. A lot of children with ADHD have poor motor skills, do not know the rules or how to follow the rules of the game, and have poor abilities to accept rejection, or losing. So, my training as a sports lead provides me with the ability to integrate both the points system as well as social skills training to provide treatment. This also includes a lot of positive reinforcement and praise. In addition to my biggest role as a sports lead, it is also my responsibility provide treatment through group problem solving training, social skills training, and other individualized programs.

What do/did you enjoy most about your internship?
I enjoy seeing the treatment working. It always makes my day to give out a Daily Report Card where a child has met their goals for the day. It also makes it even better when these kids have met their goals and they win awards at STP such as high point kid, or honor roll. I just would really love to see where this treatment takes them in the long run.

What has been the most challenging aspect of your internship?The most challenging aspect would have to be speaking to a child in arrivals about their daily goals, reminding then throughout the day, and then seeing their faces in dismissals when they have not met their goals. All of the kids in the program have the abilities to meet whatever goals they may be given, and they know that they can reach them although it may be harder for some rather than others.

How did your education at Catawba College prepare you for your internship?
There are a lot of weekly seminars we have to attend at the STP in relation to ADHD and behavioral based treatment. It always feels good to be able to look back and remember things that I've learned in classes when they are reviewed in the lectures and seminars. Experimental Psychology has helped me with the research side of the program being that we have to insert data, and look back at the data through graphs in order to provide individualized programs. It felt good to know a bit about how to insert data, and how to implement the data in the graphs before I actually had to do this every day. I also learned a lot about ADHD and other conduct disorders in Abnormal Psychology.

What advice would you give to other students seeking internships?

    1. Take advantage here at Catawba and get to know your professors, a good recommendation is always needed 
    2. Get involved, and build up your resume. Your skills will stand out and can effectively present your background 
    3. Apply early! And stay on top of your application, it lets them know that you are serious about the opportunity but also have patience because there may be a lot of other people anxious just like you are but the process may take a while 
    4. Don’t be afraid! Go for it whether it is out of town or right next door 
    5. Take classes seriously, the first question I was asked in my interview involved my grades

What advice would you give to your freshmen self?
I would tell my freshman self to take my time, and that when the time comes I will figure myself out. I would tell myself to continue to work hard, and take it all very seriously because I am paving the way to my career. Also, I'd be sure to tell myself to be sure to expose myself to as many opportunities as possible because this will always bring you one step closer to figuring out what exactly you want to do.


lucash.pngLukas

Describe your internship responsibilities?
I supported the Risk-Team in the Financial Service department in the Advisory Service Line of EY. Throughout my internship I helped with data analyzes, professional research as well as the preparation of presentations for workshops and client appointments. I got assigned to a project with regard to changes in banking regulation and worked on another project that implements new requirements concerning AnaCredit at a big state bank.

What do/did you enjoy most about your internship?
Gaining work experience and figuring out whether the job I do at my internship is something I can see myself working as was very helpful. Being able to get to work from a client’s office was a great experience as it gave a great impression on how a normal workday looks like. I really enjoyed the team I was working with. Everyone was very helpful if I had a question about what I am working on or if I could not find something.

What has been the most challenging aspect of your internship?
The most challenging thing about my internship was working with things I was unfamiliar before. Luckily, everyone around me was able to help me out if I had questions about something I was working on, the company itself or simply where I can look up some things.

How did your education at Catawba College prepare you for your internship?
As a student athlete, time management is always something I had to focus on to combine my studies with the time-consuming practices. Being able to prioritize what needs to be done and what can wait a little longer was definitely an important part of my work at EY. My professors at Catawba have always challenged me to do my best academically which helped me in picking up new topics fast and being able to put new knowledge into work.

What advice would you give to other students seeking internships?
I think the best advice I can give others is to prepare their resumes and other documents ahead of time, even before thinking about applying for an internship. You will never know when you see a job posting you are interested in but that will not give you much time to prepare everything you need. When writing your cover letter, be yourself and give the recruiter a good impression of how your knowledge and skills can benefit the firm to improve their operations.

What advice would you give to your freshmen self?
When getting into college, do not stress out about having everything planned out. The chances that something will completely different from what you think will happen are high. Be open to new things and if something comes up you are not sure how to feel about it or if you are comfortable with it, just try it and see what happens. Don’t be afraid to ask your professors for help because most of them don’t bite and are more than willing to help you out with any questions you may have. If you are unsure about your major: pick something you enjoy and can see yourself doing for the rest of your life. Don’t pick a major just because you think you will make a lot of money with it later.