Intern name: Alma Godinez
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biochemistry and Theology
Title/place of internship/fellowship, etc.: Intern at CLUES
How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.? I found out about my internship because I would always hear about this organization helping people around my community. I also knew about Bennie Alumn who worked there so I asked her for who I could contact.
What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.? I created an infographic for the community health department and made phone calls to families asking if they wanted to get a box of food delivered to their house. I also took part in helping as a CP for the city of Minneapolis. My job consisted of contacting clients who had put in an application for help with paying their rent. I would collect documents needed and put it all in a system.
What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience? I really learned how to not be shy via phone calls. Phone calls is something so simple but it can be extremely intimidating so this summer I truly learned how to embrace and love phone calls. I also loved how I had the ability to use my first language (Spanish) all the time. Which is something I don't get to use very often.
What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.? The most surprising thing I learned is that CLUES is a big organization that started so small and is now serving many people around the community. I was shocked with how many people reach out to CLUES members every day about different things.
How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future? My future goal is to become a doctor and with that communication skills are key. I definitely challenged myself this summer with communicating things more efficiently. Especially this being a virtual internship it was more important than ever to constantly communicate with my supervisors.
What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience? I would say don't be afraid to speak up or make mistakes. Most of the time you will make mistakes but trust that you will learn from them and they will just make you better.