Senior internships provide resume-building experiences

Nov. 28, 2012

Six seniors are completing full-time internships this fall through the Children, Youth & Family Studies program. The 15-week internships are required for the major and provide rich opportunities to connect their classroom learning to practical experiences in programming and leadership.

“It’s amazing how much these students learn and grow in four months,” said Professor Mark Jackson, who oversees the CYFS internship program. “This is a great example of understanding ‘the world as a classroom,’ as students gain first-hand knowledge they can take directly into a professional career.”

The 560-hour internships are chosen specifically to meet each student's academic and professional career interests. They work under the direction of an experienced on-site supervisor, with support from a faculty advisor. Because it's a full-time experience, students have the opportunity to go anywhere in the country–or across the globe.

Snapshots of the fall 2012 interns:

  • Kimberlie Hanes works with Ryan’s House Youth Shelter, a nonprofit on Whidbey Island that provides services to low-income and homeless teens. Kimberlie learned grant writing skills through submitting a proposal to the Greater Everett Community Foundation – and received $1,000 for the organization’s host family program!
  • Chris Raymond is interning at both The Spot (a Youth for Christ-sponsored teen center) and Snohomish Christian Church, getting the opportunity to participate in a church-based youth program and witness a great example of community outreach to teens.
  • Kristin Manning is a case manager for Volunteers of America’s Housing and Transitional Housing program in Everett. She conducts intake interviews and connects clients with community resources to support their move to stable housing, an experience that is already leading to possible job connections.
  • Joan Thorson completed her internship at Camp Indianola (near Kingston, WA), coordinating summer programming and site staff. Joan’s work included redesigning the camp’s summer staff training program.
  • James Mehring is completing his internship requirements as he transitions to a full-time position as Director of Youth & Family Ministries at Northlake Lutheran Church in Kenmore.
  • Kathryn Schaefer is working at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, near Kalispell, MT, getting on-site training under both a program director and an executive director. She is also coordinating an Advent-themed family retreat to apply her skills in program planning and leadership.

"I frequently talk with hiring committees impressed by the level of preparedness of our students,” Jackson said. “In fact, about 80% of our more recent graduates have a job in the field or are attending graduate school. In this tough economic climate, it suggests our program is training professionals that churches, camps, and agencies want to hire.”

Learn more about the CYFS internship program.

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