Dallas’ astonishing passion for track and field drew her towards doing an internship that revolved around that sport. Dallas, now a junior who is striving to graduate with an exercise Science major, was able to reach out to her old high school’s track and field team and intern as an assistant coach. Dallas was in charge of leading the team warm ups and aided in technique oriented advising and coaching for over 20 athletes. She stated that her favorite part of the experience was “looking at the sport from the standpoint of a coach as opposed to an athlete….” Although it was difficult at first she became accustomed to analyzing other athletes’ movements and helped them improve their technique by tweaking several things in order for them to be able to maximize their performance in their individual event. I was an eye opener that allowed her to appreciate more how much goes into coaching, and how much her coaches really do to improve her performance. Her internship related to her course work at Linfield because most of what she had to do was look at the biomechanics of the movements and decide what needed to be done in order to improve the technique. These same principles are very common in such classes as kinesiology and Exercise Science. On the other hand, because she had prior knowledge to these items, analyzing technique and improving the kinematics of the body was made easier for her. This internship brought Dallas closer to the idea of going into coaching. Although her internship wasn’t a paid one, she believes going into the field was an awesome experience. She believes that “there is nothing better that can prepare you and really show you if its something you could see yourself doing 10+ years from now.” Through this internship Dallas was able to receive Exercise Science credits towards her major. Dallas advises students who are seeking internship opportunities to “step up and do it all yourself.” People do not just give handouts, so it is very important to take the initiative and work hard for it. The benefits you receive from completing an internship go beyond the credits you earn or the perks you receive. “To look at things through different perspectives, and be able to deal with all types of people and heir individual issues” is sufficient incentive.
Danielle Granier completed an educational internship with the Center for Research in Environmental Science and Technologies (CREST) through the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. CREST is a program dedicated to educating students within all the schools of the district about the environment. This program was not new to Danielle as she had been a part of the program since she was in first grade. She approached the director of the program, Bob Carlson about the possibility of interning with CREST once she went to college. Danielle had the opportunity to work with students on educational activities and camps as well as do administrative work such as class prep and field trip planning. She worked on a farm for three weeks running a CSA (community shared agriculture) that fed over 25 families. She also taught hour-long classes where students learned about ecosystems right outside their door. As an Environmental Science major, Danielle was able to experience what a possible career in her field of study might look like. She was able to use what she has learned in her coursework to teach the children she worked with. The highlight of Danielle’s internship was learning and using practical environmental science skills outside the classroom. She also enjoyed learning from the students she worked with as they would ask questions she would never have thought of. When looking for an internship, Danielle suggests you should “Call up teachers of subjects that you admired in high school, they have great advice and connections.”
Sophomore Xenabelle Neypes, Nursing major, took the initiative to find an internship that would allow her to explore the different avenues her Nursing career could provide. Xenabelle served as the Intern of Activities at Hillside Retirement and enjoyed exploring the different types of nursing opportunities that are present in the retirement field. Xenabelle found her internship through CatConnect; the online Career Development resource that is designed to help students connect with employers for job, internship or volunteering opportunities. Her responsibilities at Hillside included organizing and setting up events, creating presentations, office tasks, conducting surveys and interviewing residents. This was a unique aspect of her internship because Xenabelle was able to write about the residents’ life stories and interact with them on an individual level. This internship was not without challenges as Xenabelle worked to develop a trusting professional relationship with the residents at Hillside. She credits her Interpersonal Communication class for helping her gain competency in communication. “I used the skills I learned (in class) to help me communicate well with others and to not be afraid to speak up.” Xenabelle’s favorite aspect of her internship was interacting with the residents and learning more about their life stories. “Interning at Hillside has opened my eyes to wanting to work not just with kids, but with people of all ages. It has encouraged me to aim higher and pursue my dreams. I want to be prepared to help whoever come my way, (this internship) has encouraged me to become a family nurse practitioner. “ Xenabelle advises, “Use your resources! Cat connect is a great resource if you don’t know where to start! Also go to Career Services and make an appointment, they are great at helping you figure things out.”