For the last 7 months, PSCCN hosted Mikaela Chavez an amazing educational community organization (ECO) Intern from the University of Washington. Mikaela bought a great personality, a willingness to learn and an amazing work ethic. During her internship, Mikaela had the opportunity to work on many different projects with the team but ultimately reported to Angelica. While we are sad to see her go, we are excited to see her take on the world or what lies in store for her. To wrap up her tenure here at PSCCN, Mikaela shares her experience through a Q&A interview.
Did this internship match your academic and career expectations? Yes, it definitely matched my academic and career goals. It was amazing to see what I was learning in class put into action.
Were your assignments aligned with your career goals? At first, it didn't seem like the two aligned, but I started to grow a passion for the work I was doing. Over time, my career goals changed and my assignments reflected the work I want to do in the future.
Did you receive adequate supervision and support? Yes, my supervisor and other members of the PSCCN team were very helpful. I’m very thankful for all of their support.
Do you feel you had the training, resources, and support necessary to perform assigned tasks? It was difficult at times trying to complete tasks while following agency policies and processes, but I had an amazing supervisor, Angelica Alvarez, who supported me every step of the way.
What was the least satisfying about your internship? The least satisfying thing about my internship was the time period when my supervisor was out of the office. She was my main support system in the office, so it was difficult to adjust to not having her around.
What was most satisfying about your internship? The most satisfying thing was gaining experience in my intended career path. This internship also helped me determine a more focused career path.
Based on your experience, what do you think it takes to be successful in our organization? To be a successful intern with PSCCN takes determination and passion. The process to implement student resources can often take a long time, but it’s important to remember why you are doing this work and the amazing impact it will have on students once implemented.
Did you receive adequate feedback about your performance? Yes, at the end of my time with PSCCN, Angelica (my supervisor at PSCCN) had a feedback interview with my ECO Intern Liason at the UW. I was able to see the notes from that meeting.
Do you feel prepared to enter your chosen career field? I feel more prepared than ever to enter my career. I learned so much and had the opportunity to meet great people who are doing fantastic things for students in the Puget Sound area. One of the things I’m grateful for is the fact that my internship helped me find a more focused interest and the career I want to pursue.
Is there anything else you would like to share? I would like to thank y amazing supervisor. I’m so grateful for all she taught me and all the support she showed me. I couldn’t have asked for a better supervisor. I would also like to thank the rest of the PSCCN team, and others I had the privilege of collaborating with during my internship.