This summer was the ultimate internship experience. Not only was I an intern, but I was an intern for Indiana INTERNnet – the free internship matching program linking employers, students, high schools, colleges and universities.
I learned about internships while doing my own internship. I conducted research, wrote blogs and attended conferences about why students should have internships, why employers should hire interns, how internships are the perfect recruiting tool and how internships retain Indiana’s talent.
Not only did I hear about the benefits of an internship, but I experienced them too. I actively thought about my internship as a test-run for my actual career: What size company would I want to work for? What are the local opportunities unique to Indianapolis? How can I grow my own professional network?
Now, I’m the biggest advocate for experiential learning. And why not? Internships are the best possible experience for …
This is a guest blog written by Nicole Francis, senior at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and Psychology major. She has recently completed a summer internship at Meridian Health Group, which is a chronic pain management facility in Carmel, Indiana.
Meridian Health Group focuses on providing various treatment options for people suffering from a variety of chronic conditions, recognizing that there is a mental component to pain and suffering. The mission at Meridian Health Group is to improve the quality of life by reducing physical and emotional suffering.
The majority of the psychology interns are doctoral students. Doctoral interns provide individual counseling and group therapy. A few of the interns facilitate a free weekly chronic pain management group. The lead psychologist, Dr. Ari Dean Gleckman has been my supervisor at Meridian Health Group for the last three months.
During the first week of my internship I collaborated with one of the …