Summer Intern FAQs Answered Here
December 16, 2010 31 Comments
There is still time to apply for our paid summer internship! The deadline is February 1. Visit here to learn more and apply.
What are some of the most valuable things you learned from the internship at Youth Villages?
I learned patience! Working with the youth requires a lot of patience and understanding. I also learned that teamwork between the staff is important. If the staff are not on the same page then the youth won’t be either.
What is your favorite memory from the summer internship?
There are too many! I had one youth who wants to become a famous rapper. Every night he would rap his new material for the staff before he went bed. It was hilarious! He would really get into the zone by putting on his shades and perform as if he was on a real stage. It brought me much joy to see him put his heart into his passion.
What was the most challenging part of the internship?
The most challenging part was the internship coming to an end. I had so much fun while learning a lot about myself and the youth. It takes a special person to work with youth that have such deep emotional and behavioral problems. I would tell any future interns to expect the unexpected. Some days will be good and some will be not so good, but that’s when you remind yourself what you’re here for and that’s what makes it a rewarding job!
What kind of support is offered to you as a summer intern?
I received the most support from the staff that I worked with everyday. If I needed to talk or had a problem they were there to support me and could relate to my issues because they dealt with them every day. I really felt like I was a part of the team and not just an “intern”. I also gained support from my fellow interns, recruiters, and Residential Coordinators during consultations each week.
What did you do in weekly consultations?
Each week the interns met with some of the recruiters and staff to talk about everything that was going on that week. If you had good or bad news to report, the consultations were structured for us to let it all out. Also in consultations some of the staff would share personal stories so that we would feel like we were not alone in the daily challenges we face with behaviorally-challenged youth. We would do different activities and look at specific scenarios and the proper ways to handle them.