Internship Success Stories

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Julie Townsend - Internship Success Story | George Fox University

Julie Townsend

Major: Christian Ministries Major
Concentration: Youth Ministry and Biblical Studies
Graduation: December 2010

What internship did you have?

I was the Children’s ministry intern in Phoenix, Arizona, at Palmcroft Baptist Church. I had the internship the summers after freshman and sophomore year.

Why did you seek out an internship?

After changing my major to youth ministry, I was contemplating what I could do with that major, and wanted to get relevant job experience with the person that I wanted to be like.

Why did you choose this internship? What did you hope to gain?

I chose this internship because it was my church and I was already working with kids in my church. I wanted to see the other side of the ministry. I also wanted to gain experience in a more formal job setting then just teaching Sunday school.

What did you actually learn from this internship? What do you feel you have gained?

I learned so much. It was so cool to see the other side, the planning part of mostly VBS, but mostly the whole entire summers worth of children’s activities. VBS planning starts in February, that’s how intense it is. It was just really cool to help plan it and see how it works. I did a lesson by myself for the first time, and I learned that I can actually coherently teach kids about Jesus. I learned that everyone in that office is amazing, and that working in a church office can be a super amazing environment.
I gained confidence. Before that, and even during, I had never taught before. I gained really confident in abilities I already had and learned I could have used them all along. I gained the view of the other side of ministry, the planning intense side.

What was the result of this internship?

I think I learned I’m in the right field, this is where God wants me, this is where I’m supposed to be, and this is what God wants me to be doing.

After graduation goal?

Possibly getting a job in a church setting, or just working with kids for Jesus, which might include teaching Greek to high school students.

What would you say to someone thinking of doing an internship in a field they are not sure of?
Should I bother?

Go for it! You don’t have anything to lose, you are getting job experience. Even if you are not paid, it is good experience.

Rik Moseng - Internship Success Story | George Fox University

Rik Moseng

Major: Engineering
Concentration: Computer Engineering
Graduation: Spring 2011

Tell me about your internship.

I interned at the paper mill as the electrical engineering intern. I was working with arc flash analysis and running calculations to make sure there wasn’t too much power at the mill.

What led you to seek out an internship?

I actually had an “in” from another Fox student. It’s hard to find tech field jobs, so when my friend mentioned the opening I took it. Another reason for taking it was that they do not offer a power systems high voltage class here at Fox, so I wanted to learn more about that field to finish rounding out my major.

Why did you choose this internship? What did you hope to gain?

I hoped to see what working in an industrial environment would be like, as well as to meet people who work in industry. I wanted to see how the real world was different then going to college. I also hoped to network and gain experience for the future.

What did you actually learn from this internship? What do you feel you have gained?

The internship was different than I expected. I worked with none engineers, which was different than being in school where I am mostly around engineering students. I also felt the real world experience because I could tell a technician to go get a part and they would actually go get it, unlike being in a classroom experience, with no authority.

What was the result of this internship?

Having this internship gave me work experience, as well as pay. They actually ended up extending my internship so that I am currently still working there. It also created a nice bullet point on my resume and was a good learning experience. I now feel that I could see myself working in the industrial field.

Post graduation goal?

After graduation I actually hope to get a job in industry, and of course pay off my loans.

What advice would you give to someone considering an internship?

Definitely do it if you can, I regret only doing one. Also start sooner, I wish I had started my sophomore year, because it helps to give you direction in your studies, as well as motivate you to do better in your studies. Also, make sure to network with other students and people you know because sending your resume or an email is not as effective as actually talking to someone and having that connection.

Ivanna Barnes - Internship Success Story | George Fox University

Ivanna Barnes

Major: CMCO & Theatre
Graduation: Spring 2011

What internship did you have?
I interned at the Artist Repertory Theatre in Portland under Production Manager
Kelly Zackas.
Why did you seek out an internship?

I needed to make up class credit for a theatre management class, so my professor suggested doing an internship. I also thought it would be a good experience.

Why did you choose this internship? What did you hope to gain?

The theatre department has a relationship with the Artist Repertory Theatre, so there was that connection there. Doing
an internship was the best way to get real life experience similar to what the course content would have been. The goal behind the internship was to gain experience, but I also wanted to discover how a professional theatre functioned between seasons. I had experience with the George Fox theatre, and was eager to see how it compared with the real world.

What did you actually learn from this internship? What do you feel you have gained?

I learned how important it is to have a good staff and to not know just what you’re doing, but what everyone else is doing, so you can work together with a positive attitude in such a hectic environment. I learned not to freak out if I had nothing to do because I knew I would be doing things later. I feel I would be more comfortable now working in a professional theatre, but I do not want to be a theatre manager. I also discovered that George Fox’s theatre program is very professional, but the prep time is different from a real theatre.

What was the result of this internship?

I was able to connect with professionals who said I could feel free to put them on my resume.

What would you say to someone thinking of doing an internship in a field they are not sure of?
Should I bother?

Go for it! You learn a lot in classes, but you learn a lot in an internship that you would not have thought to learn in class. Act professional in your internship, and you will make connections and be remembered. It is also a good step in transforming from school to the real world. Also, I learned that GFU is professional, but it is still a school.

Autumn Van Meter - Internship Success Story | George Fox University

Autumn Van Meter

Major: Psychology
Graduation: Spring 2011

What internship did you have?

I interned with the nonprofit organization Chehalem Youth and Family Services. I worked with kids from the foster program who were not allowed to be adopted due to behavioral problems.

Why did you seek out an internship?

I chose to do an internship for field experience, which is required by my major. As our field experience, we are suppose to seek out an internship relevant to the work we might want to do later in life, and can almost create our own as long as it is psychology related. I chose that location because I did not have a car and needed something in biking distance.

What did you learn from this internship? What do you feel you have gained?

I learned that a classroom structure is much different than real life with real individuals and real problems. Jumping between practice and reality is challenging for psychology students. I learned a lot about the way the system works. I had always been part of an institution or school, so working with real clients in a real setting was very difficult at first. I learned a lot about what it would be like. There are clients, therapists, the staff who spend every day with the clients, and others like me who want to be clinicians. I saw the staff’s view of the therapists who are there twice a week, while the staff is there all the time. The staff members don’t see how the therapists do more for the clients then they do. The power dynamics were interesting to see throughout their work with clients. Afterword I talked with a friend whose dad works at a prison and he has the same thing, where guards feel similar toward the therapists who come in twice a week, while they are there all the time.

What was the result of this internship?

I was offered a job, but chose not to work there because I don’t like office politics. I never really wanted to work with kids and was working with adolescent girls. With this experience I could be more willing to work with that age because of the nature of the work. I don’t know for sure if I want to work with the sex trade, but the sever behavior problems of the girls I worked with were due to sexual abuse which would be relevant to the work I want to do some day if I chose to work with the sex trade.

After graduation goal?

I will be attending graduate school for my Doctorate in Psychology.

What would you say to someone thinking of doing an internship in afield they are not sure of?
Should I bother?

Talk to your advisors, that’s what they are there for. Contemplate whether or not you should do an internship because the world is very different from school, especially in psychology, due to confidentiality. There are things you do not do in school that you can do in an internship. If you question if you should do an internship, then you should do it. If you do not know where to go, talk to upper classmen in your major and see where they went. Also check out your local area, check out Portland if you have a car because it is huge. Make sure to get information and use your resources.

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