Welcome ladies and gentleman, lacrosse bros and cheerleaders, nerds, hipsters and preps, to my blog about my field experience thus far.
If you have to do an internship as part of your graduate program, chances are it’s not going to be quite the same as the one Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson have in the movie The Internship. As much as we may love to play with fun toys and design cool GOOGLE pictures- we have other important tasks to handle; like saving the world! (jk)
As you may have been following (or if you are a first time visitor to my blog) I am graduating in December from the Student Affairs & Higher Education program – YAY! As part of my my final semester requirements, I am currently completing a full time internship in the Graduate Admissions Office. Since I have been in the office for about a year now as a Graduate Assistant, the transition has been fairly easy. I still have some of the same office duties that I was doing before and have added on some other responsibilities, such as, looking at student feedback from graduate events, learning different student recruitment styles, and learning the office procedures and review applications the Director is in charge of completing.
Having been employed full-time before, the concept of working long hours was not new to me. The content, however, is new. I have worked in retail and the restaurant businesses, but the office environment is very different in ways. Being in such a small office with one or two professionals, one graduate student and one work study student, makes for a very welcoming environment. It makes communication easy and shared ideas to be tossed around and explored.
The semester started off busy in the Graduate Admissions Office. We lost and gained a new Office Assistant, we held our first graduate social event of the semester at the Naked Turtle with over 30 students in attendance, and we held the 2015 Graduate and Professional School Fair, with 75 graduate schools and 275 students in attendance. Next up, we are planning a graduate student hike on October 3, and our Visit Day for prospective graduate students on November 7, 2015.
Some people might assume that an office position is boring, but it’s really far from it. No two days are alike here. The office works on different projects throughout the year too, so it really keeps things interesting. I know I’m gaining great experience in the field I hope to work in, and I’m excited to see what the next 3 months bring!