Previous practicum and internships: Intern – spring 2019 semester, Carlow University, Disabilities Services Office and Graduate Assistant, Carlow University, Celtic Leadership Institute (summer bridge program), August 2018 and August 2019
What were or have been the highlights of your time in the MA or dual program?
The highlights of my time in the MA program have been serving as an intern in Chatham’s Office of Career Development and Carlow’s Disabilities Services Office. These professional experiences have allowed me to work directly with students, to gain practical experience, and to learn about different functional areas within student affairs. Additionally, the informational interviews I have completed in some of my classes have been significant highlights. Through these interviews, I have been able to connect with student affairs professionals at the University of Pittsburgh, Point Park University, and Duquesne University. These interviews have allowed me to expand my network and to learn about different experiences that lead people to the field of student affairs.
How has/did Carlow help you prepare for your internship/job search?
Carlow helped me to prepare for my internship search by emphasizing that the search should begin months prior to the semester you would like to do the internship. Dr. Schwartz was instrumental in providing me with contacts at local universities to begin my search of potential internship sites. The MA program also helped me to prepare by ensuring that the topic of internship was always part of class discussions. Preparing for internship was never a faraway topic that I didn’t hear a lot about – it was frequently mentioned in classes and in advising meetings, and this helped me to give it continuous thought and consideration.
How have you applied your learning in your internship or job?
I have been able to apply many skills I have learned in my classes to my internships and GA position. Paramount among these skills have been components of the reflective listening skills, including paraphrasing and using minimal encouragers.
What advice or perspective would you offer to people considering the MA in Student Affairs or dual degree (not advice about which program, but advice about deciding to come to Carlow)?
I would tell interested individuals that the MA and dual degree programs at Carlow will help them to make connections that will allow them to thrive in their chosen field(s). They will also get small class sizes that allow them to know each of their classmates and their professors. Through their required internships and class projects, the MA and dual degree programs will put individuals in the best possible position to enter the workforce as prepared and knowledgeable professionals.
What advice would you offer new students?
I would encourage new students to embrace as many professional opportunities as they can and to not be afraid of sharing their voice in the classroom. You never know when a professional experience will help you to discover new interests or passions. Likewise, your participation in the classroom can help you to learn more about yourself and your classmates, and aid you in making real-life connections to the material.