Graves Center hosts internship eventsBy CALIESHA COMLEY
Want to make sure that the internship opportunity you’re preparing for will be all that you’re hoping for? Let Holly James and Robin Fleischer help you make the most of your internship. They will be hosting a Professional Development workshop today at 11 a.m. in the Thurman Meetinghouse that will prepare you for all that your internship should be.
In the current job market, employees with one or more internship experiences are in high demand. Future employers are scouting for students who are able to apply their education to a practical work environment. Internships can also spark many opportunities and scholarships for graduate school hopefuls. Fleischer emphasizes that internships are the best way to make the student-to-professional transition.
The “Making the Most of Your Internship” workshop will focus on helping you make the right decisions while planning for opportunities, informing you of when to start looking and what to look for and matching you with the opportunities that best suit your interests. Building an intriguing résumé and a professional wardrobe are also important steps for aspiring interns and will be discussed at the workshop as well. Most importantly, the Graves Center wants to direct you to internships that will fill your summer with exciting career preparation, not just paper-pushing.
Everyone is encouraged to stop by as it is never too early to start planning! The workshop will especially benefit those anticipating an internship in the spring or summer. Applications for numerous internships can also be found on the Graves Center website.
This workshop also serves as a precursor to the Summer Camp and Internship Fair to be held in the Hall of Fame Room Feb. 8 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tons of employers such as Alltech International, Hewlett Packard, Kort Physical Therapy and Lexington Children’s Theatre will represent a variety of internship opportunities.
Areas of interest include, but are certainly not limited to environmental education, animal nutrition, technical writing, marketing, pre-professional majors and social services. There is something for everyone. Alongside these opportunities will be summer camp organizations like Mission Adventure Camp and Cedar Lake Camp seeking interns and leadership staff for those interested in serving children and families.
As always, the Graves Center staff encourages those attending to prepare to make the best possible first impression. Though business attire is not required, making an effort to “dress the part” is appreciated and will maximize the amount of opportunities available.
Researching the various organizations prior to attending the fair will also better prepare you to speak with their representatives. (See a complete list of companies attending at http://interns.georgetowncollege.edu.) Don’t forget to bring copies of an updated résumé to leave with organizations of interest! It cannot be emphasized enough that opportunities are available for students of all years and disciplines.
The ladies of the Graves Center are also pleased to announce the Emerging Leaders workshops coming in February. This is an excellent opportunity for all students seeking leadership positions on campus. Whether you are interested in being a member of Residence Life, an orientation leader, or seeking a leadership role in any area of campus life including Campus Ministry and the REC Center, this series of workshops can help you realize that goal.
The workshops center on résumé writing and interviewing techniques and are conducted in preparation for applying and interviewing for leadership roles before a committee of faculty. Extra consideration for the spots is given to those who attend the Emerging Leaders workshops.
This program is offered to realize Georgetown’s goal of acquiring more students for more roles to create an entire campus of leaders. To learn more about the opportunities of the Emerging Leaders Program, contact Kelly Prather.
As always, Robin Fleischer and Holly James welcome students by appointment anytime to help discover and realize future goals. Don’t forget to stop the Thurman meeting House at 11 a.m. to learn how to “Make the Most of Your Internship!”
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: EMILY SELFBy WHITLEY ARENS
If you hear the name Emily Self and find yourself a little confused thinking, “how is this person a senior? I’ve never even heard that name before in my life!” fear not. The name Emily Self might not ring a bell, considering that when Self started as a freshman at Georgetown College four years ago, she was Emily McClure.
Many things have changed for Self over the past four years, one of the most notable being the fact that she began her college career as a Miss and will graduate as a Mrs. Self has been married to her husband Michael for a little over a year now.
Apparently things are going pretty well since Self says she would want his company were she to be stranded on a deserted island. She lists “a good book that I don’t mind reading over and over again, water, and [her] husband” as the three things she would want most.
Speaking of books, one of Self’s favorite hobbies is to read books in her spare time. She explains, saying: “I love to read. Any free time that I get I tend to try to read something of my choice that isn’t a textbook.” Self continued explaining her hobbies: “Other than that I love spending time outside. And I like to go shopping when I have the money to do so.”
Considering this, it’s no surprise that Self’s idea of a perfect day
combines two of her favorite past times. Self’s ideal day is “sunny, with a slight breeze so [she] can sit outside without getting too hot and read all day long.” It’s likely that Self would be reading a Nicholas Sparks book on this perfect day since he is her favorite author.
Moving away from the realm of Self’s imaginary perfect day and into the realm of reality, Self will be graduating in just a few short months. I suppose that goes without saying considering she’s being featured in the Senior Spotlight, but it worked well for my transition. Give me a break.
Self is what many Georgetown students refer to as a “townie.” Being originally from Georgetown, Ky., Self chose to go to GC because “[she] liked the smallness and closeness of the college. [She] really liked going to a college with small class sizes where if [a student] misses a day, the professor actually notices.” Self added, “It’s also close to home.”
Come May, Self will graduate from Georgetown College with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. Self explained these choices as follows: “I chose my major because I sincerely feel a passion about teaching. I set foot in a classroom and I know I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I’ve never felt that way about any other ideal job or career choice. I chose my minor because I thought it might prove helpful in the classroom when dealing with students and figuring out where their thoughts come from.”
After graduating, Self hopes to find a teaching position in Scott County, preferably working with kindergarten students or first graders. Following a few years of teaching, she plans to attend grad school to get her Master’s in Education.
As Self prepares to leave GC, she considers how she has changed since she began her journey here four years ago: “Looking back on my freshman year, I felt shy and timid. I also felt overwhelmed at times. Now, I’m more confident and know I can handle quite a bit without getting too overwhelmed.”
From this newly confident and experienced vantage point, Self offers the following advice to underclassmen: “Just take it one day at a time. Time really will fly by.”