My responsibilities included shadowing coordinators on CFTMs, HVs, Intakes, and CANS. I started virtually attending meetings and writing about what I have learned in my Internship Log. Eventually, I met with the families in person and had first-hand experience with the clients. I also helped with setting up and prepping community-based events, as well as helping anybody in the office who needed assistance. When our family support specialist left, I took over filing for the coordinators as well.
My greatest accomplishment is understanding how the different meetings work and all the paperwork that is filled out.
My greatest lessons were improving my time management skills, adapting to an environment that wasn't so welcoming, and understanding the difference between negligence and abuse vs. minimum parenting standards.
What advice would you give?
Believe in yourself and be your greatest advocate. You are there to learn and experience the system and find your passion. You will make mistakes, so don't beat yourself up and expect perfection. Give yourself grace, prioritize your well-being, and never hesitate to ask questions or speak up.