Throughout this internship, I have had a lot of hands on experience that I can take with me to utilize in the workplace. I have attended coalition meetings, conducted focus groups, prepared flyers and data spreadsheets, and evaluated advertising policies and practices at stores in Chickasaw County. This internship was more about me taking the lead on certain projects than sitting on the sidelines, and I really enjoyed that!
My favorite project was preparing and conducting a focus group. There were about 6 students who volunteered their time to answer a few questions about drug and alcohol use within the school. With this information, Pathways and Chickasaw Connections has been able to listen directly to the youth, and how they interpret the drug and alcohol use around them. I thought it was really interesting listening to kids a few years younger than me talking about their thoughts on drugs and alcohol.
With my time at Pathways, I have developed a vast amount of skills. I learned how to communicate, be a leader, and understand and distribute data. This internship has helped me so much more than I could have ever thought! I would definitely recommend this internship to anyone who is interested. Working with Carol and people within the community has been a once in a lifetime type of experience.
New Hampton High School Senior
Chickasaw Connections/Pathways Behavioral Services Intern
Emma completed her internship May 2017. Contact Carol Hopp at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in interning in the future!