My responsibilities ranged from individual tasks, to relational meetings, and organization events. I helped lead the Story County Workforce Strategy alongside fellow colleagues, in which we connected with organizations and public spheres throughout Story County to spread word about Cultivating Careers course. I chaired meetings amongst members so that we had more direction about specific actions. I helped plan logistics of events and trainings for AMOs members. I met with community members to learn more about their interests, concerns, supports.
My greatest accomplishment throughout this internship was successfully hosting two public presentations for the Story County Workforce Strategy. I initiated and organized the entire thing with the Ames Public Library. then, my team and I trained various AMOS members to help with logistics and giving the presentation. We had about 12 community members attend, and got 3 members signed up for the Cultivating Careers course in just two hours!
I learned a lot to step outside of my comfort zone and be more vulnerable within the public eye. I don't have to be "professional" all the time. I also learned that mediating organizations such as churches, non profits, community centers, recreation centers, and more provide a vital component of societal and familial support. I also learned how to have a solid conversation with strangers that doesn't feel uncomfortable and gets at the root of us as people.
What advice would you give?
Engage with your professors!! Our instructors are all so nice, invested, and supportive. The more you read the articles and books, the better: that's how you learn in-depth the concepts that are taught in class. And trust me, you have time. Also work a part time job or do some community service throughout the year to really help frame your academics.