Intern name: Monét-CeZanne McGlone
Major(s)/Minor(s): Psychology major and Communication minor
Title/place of internship/fellowship, etc.: Walkers College Consultants/Nevada State College
How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.? I got in contact with my old high school advisor because I knew he had established his own counseling business. His wife also works in Las Vegas at the Nevada State College. As a psychology major, I wanted to gain some experiencing in the counseling realm and become more comfortable with speaking and guiding others. With the pandemic, both Mr. & Mrs. Walker had available remote internships available within their practices.
What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.? I was a remote assistant at both organizations and met with my advisors over Zoom. I was assigned several tasks throughout the week which included researching and finding scholarships for high school students as well as undergrad and graduate students. I also created several social distancing events for high school seniors to receive information about their transition after graduation, college applications, financial aid, using the common application, and other tools.
I learned marketing skills and created flyers to promote the events. I was also responsible for creating blog posts and creating online student profiles that made it easier for students to keep track of their personal information, test scores, GPA, and college options.
What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience? This experience was beneficial in that it taught me patience in the face of adversity while working from home. The most beneficial aspect of it was learning how to find resources and organizations that provide flexible and realistic scholarships for students who rely on outside funds and student loans to pay for tuition. This experience allowed me to speak with high school seniors and share my own experience transitioning from high school to college while providing tips and lessons I have learned from then to now. It felt good to work and help other students in the same way my college advisors helped me.
What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.? The most surprising thing I experienced during my internship was how quick deadlines appear when you are not working during a set schedule. Working from home is not for the weak but it is doable. Creating a schedule to complete tasks and meet deadlines is crucial when working from home. It is easy to forget or skip over things that need to be completed. This experience really helped me become more organized and adaptable to my home environment.
How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future? I have become more tech savvy through this experience and have advanced in marketing and design. If I ever need to plan an event, create online tickets, create a flyer, or promote an event - I now know and have the resources in which I can complete those tasks efficiently. I also know how to help high school students and provide them with financial assistance and opportunities.
I learned how to manage my time more efficiently and create a space where I could work at home. This experience has pushed me more than I realized and I can use this to adapt in situations that require unforeseen change.
What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience? Be open to new experiences and connecting with others! Abraham Maslow once said, "In any given moment, we have two choices: step forward into growth or step backward into safety." It may seem challenging at first, but it is just like any other thing you do in life - you will not know until you take the first step. Just Do It.