Youth Service Bureau - Big Brothers Big Sisters
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Ashley Phelan

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Hometown: Orangeburg, New York
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Within the Youth Service Bureau, I was an intern for Big Brothers Big Sisters. I facilitated reference checks to ensure a high level of safety among new volunteers working with children. I also helped with promoting volunteer opportunities, which allow individuals to mentor a child in the community. I provided assistance with conducting interviews for individuals interested in the program and organized the office space to optimize the workplace.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I had the opportunity to interact with children and get a better sense of how younger children think and behave. As a psychology major, I am very interested in learning about the mind and how that impacts human behavior. Being able to interact with children from different backgrounds and experiences first-hand was an eye-opening experience.

"Even at times when I wasn't exactly sure what I was looking for, my career coach was able to help guide me through the [internship search] and gave me a better understanding of what works best with my interests."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Interning for the Youth Service Bureau showed me what it was like to be truly invested in my work. I genuinely enjoyed spending my time working with my colleagues and the Littles involved in the program. This has shown me what to look for when I begin my search for a full-time work position.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

I spoke with a Penn State Career Coach throughout my search for an internship. This coach helped me fix up my resume and gave me tips on what facilities in the State College area would fit with what I was looking for. Even at times when I wasn't exactly sure what I was looking for, my career coach was able to help guide me through the process and gave me a better understanding of what works best with my interests.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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