Domestic Internship Panel 2008
Froedtert Hospital: Medical School of Wisconsin Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Division, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Internship: Working with Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residents in office visits and facial trauma during trauma week
-followed residents and assisting doctors in clinical rounds at the hospital, surgical procedures, emergency room trauma, and patient appointments
Receiving internship: I talked with Oral Surgery doctors whom I worked for about possible places I could intern or shadow. My doctors gave me the email for a doctor she knew at Froedtert Hospital. I emailed this doctor explaining who I was, how I was interested in going into dentistry (specifically oral surgery), and asked her if it was possible to come and shadow her. She replied to me and invited me to Trauma Week at Froedert.
Tips in getting an internship: DON’T BE SHY! Talk with family, friends, co-workers, employers, etc. about your interest in your field and ask them if they or someone they know can help you find an internship or shadowing experience. If you get an email for someone, introduce yourself and show them how passionate you are about your field of interest! Including your resume always helps, too. Many people will be more than willing to help you if you show you are determined and passionate about getting an internship. Also, the CEL has amazing resources. They were so helpful in getting me an international internship for interim 2008. Their website is full of international and domestic programs that offer internships throughout the year!
Lilly Summer Vocational Internship
St. Paul Lutheran Church
South Minneapolis (Philips Neighborhood)
Description: Each day I spent the majority of my time working with the teens in the Young Leaders program. Since objective of Young Leaders was to empower youth to create positive change in their neighborhood, I organized the daily schedule for the art group that was designing a mural that would be painted on the back of a building that got tagged all the time. Additionally, the program incorporated job skills into the daily task in order to prepare them for employment.
I also designed and taught English lesson to the Latino Women’s group for few weeks. In order to gain an understanding for how the church operated, I attended a few church council meeting. I helped run two weeks of vacation bible school. In the beginning, I attended multiple community organization’s meetings with my pastor. Lastly, I performed odd jobs around the church when I didn’t have any scheduled activity.
Getting the internship: I found the internship through a friend who also did the internship this summer. The application on the CEL website included a current resume, a cover letter indicating interest/intent in exploring church/service vocations connected with your long-term goals, completion of the interests form, and one reference. Once my application was selected, I had a half hour interview that clarified my interests and identified possible church placements.
Tips to getting and internship: Use the CEL. The CEL has a plethora of resources that make finding an internship a much more manageable and logical process. Originally, I began looking in the internship books and then looking at the organization’s website for more information. While I didn’t know exactly what I wanted, I had the general idea that I wanted to work with an organization that had social service focus. Communicating your interests to friends, family members, and faculty helps you network and learn of possible opportunities; that’s how I found this internship. Lastly, don’t be afraid to call an organization to learn more about the internship and what they look for in an applicant. This helps you gain a better idea of what the internship would be like, and lets the employer know you are interested and motivated. Sometimes they will even recommend other internships or organizations that may interest you.
Park Nicollet Clinics and Methodist Hospital
Internship: Working with Dr. Amy Burt, D.O. Park Nicollet Clinic. Tending to the pediatric population in Plymouth, Minnesota, as well as providing services to families and their children with special needs, primarily Autism. Also working with Dr. Christopher Williams, Park Nicollet Clinic. Assisting staff with care of pediatric patients, primarily Hispanic and Somalian.
My project working with these two physicians was to look at differences in their practices such as: urban clinic vs. suburban clinic, Somolian patients vs. Hispanic patients vs. Caucasian patients, female physician vs. male physician.
Receiving internship: I got this internship by e-mailing my doctor and asking if I could work with her over the month of January. I told her what I wanted to do in my internship and asked her if she would ask a colleague to allow me to intern with them as well.
Tips on getting an internship: Look on the CEL website for alum in your field of interest and e-mail them. In that e-mail make sure to include your resume and tell them that you are a current St. Olaf student interested in their field of work. Don't be shy, they will want to help you or at least direct you into the right direction. Make sure that you always express your passions or desire to learn about the field. Be persistent, polite, and professional. Use your networking skills!!! You can do/ be whatever you want to be!
- Kaitlin Lytle
DuPage Homeownership Center
Internship: Working in an office setting of a small non-profit, one day a week.-completed office work like filing, data entry, copying, etc…-wrote press releases and newsletters-researched policies and issues-tabled at an annual low-income back to school fair-wrote and created a pamphlet on foreclosure prevention
Receiving Internship: I talked to any friends and family involved in non-profits. One of my friends’ mothers is the president of the DuPage Homeownership Center and I asked the friend to inquire about interning there. Her mother (who already knew me) contacted me and offered me the internship.
Tips in getting an internship: Start looking early! But don’t give up just because it’s late spring (if you want one for the summer)—you never know what opportunity might show itself. Contact all of the people you know who might know of an internship or at least have ideas for you. Talk to professors. They are a great resource for good ideas.