Reflection from Summer 2016 internships:
This summer has been quite the journey. My internship at the Memorial Union Program Council (MUPC) began with a strong focus on assessment, and is ending with goal setting for the next academic years. MUPC is likely changing their name, to reflect the new location outside of the Memorial Union (both as a building and as a department). Furthermore in the last week we moved from the second floor in the Student Experience Center to a suite in the first floor. This summer I have learned to be flexible, and I have gained insight into how an organization collects material for an annual report with the intention of reflecting on the past, and providing a strong set of goals for the future.
While my official internship is ending, I will be helping with some student staff trainings in the Department of Student Leadership & Involvement, and will continue to be a volunteer for the program councils upcoming events. I’ve never officially worked for the program council, only serving their design and multimedia needs through my work with the design studio—it has been a great experience helping with assessment, marketing and storytelling, as well as lending a hand in the office towards event planning, presentation design, and general marketing and branding conversations!
My internship with the PROMISE program has challenged me in my own professional development, enabled me to be a mentor, and has giving me insight into development of a curriculum that is informed by both research and practice. Being an intern, for an internship program, invites me to learn both as a mentor to the interns, as well as an intern and student myself. Being a mentor to 5 students, as well as to the PROMISE coordinator (also a student) has provided me with countless areas to learn and grow. In the past, I’ve found myself being a mentee numerous times, and have benefited greatly from the experience—and I still do—yet, this is truly my first time feeling like a mentor, being called a mentor, and it has completely transformed my own perception of the value of the mentor - mentee relationship. Being able to help people on their professional journey is very rewarding, and I can definitely see what people choose to do it! Often, I’ve wondered what my contribution is when being a mentee to my mentor, and although books and lecture encourage me to continue asking this question — I know also know that being a good listener, and ultimately a good friend, can contribute to a mentors well-being as well.
Along with photography, I have a video for today’s reflection. The video means a lot to me as I got “my start” in student affairs with the help of the PROMISE internship program as I was chosen for an internship in the Center for Leadership Development, part of Student Leadership & Involvement, at Oregon State University in the summer of 2012. I’ve worked a variety of roles to support the PROMISE program since including: PROMISE intern; graduate student media specialist working with the PROMISE programs leadership team; graduate student intern; and as a “pod leader” which includes mentorship for a group of interns. The video above is one that I produced, the PROMISE interns wanted a video with quick turnaround, capturing each students’ “PROMISE experience” prompted to fill in “my PROMISE experience . . .” with a word or phrase. My background in student affairs and video production skills came in clutch, where I could plan, film, and edit this quick video. The interns got to practice their own creative skills as they created the artwork, the words, and were great during the filming process.