Post by Sharon Nye
Believe it or not, I am already about a quarter of the way done with my internship at United Methodist Family Services (UMFS), which also means I am only 3 short months from graduation- oh man! Since it’s been a few weeks I thought I would update you on some of the awesome things I get to do through NC State and this internship! NC State’s academic programs do an excellent job at preparing you for the “real world” whether that is higher education or the workforce. This internship has given me hands on, practical experience that has only made me more confident of graduating and using my degree in a few short months.
As a social work intern I have been able to work one-on-one with clients, attend IEP and family support meetings, transport clients, attend court, and research alternative therapies. I am finally able to use the skills I have been learning in the classroom for the last four years. When you get to your final year in college, you will understand what I am talking about–how rewarding it is to finally do what you have been training so long for.
My professors and supervisor have all been great at helping me make the transition from student to full time intern as seamless as possible. When you get to NC State I encourage you get to know your advisor and at least one professor each semester very well– they will be able to point out new opportunities and ideas catered to your interests if they know what interests you, that is how I ended up with an internship in Richmond.
If I had to describe my experience at my internship so far in one word that word would be relief. This semester has been looming in the distance for 7 semesters and now that it is already here and a quarter of the way finished, I am so happy and relieved that I am getting it done, and doing it well. I need not mention seeing “graduation” written on my calendar is a huge relief as well.