Emma worked as an activity assistant at the Courtyard at Jamestown
Describe a day in your life as an intern.
I would lead exercise classes for the residents, play brain games, or serve as a tour guide for scenic bus rides. I also helped set up for and participate in the tone chime choir.
What industry/job specific skills did you learn?
I learned how to properly lead physical activities for people with limitations to mobility. I also learned how to work under a supervisor and coordinate efforts with other helpers, such as CNAs or the kitchen staff.
What are three things that you learned from this experience that could be applied to other settings?
1. Compromise and peacemaking (many of the residents do not want to be at the facility and can become disoriented about their surroundings. I worked to get on their level and help de-escalate situations to try to help them feel happier in their current circumstances).
2. Take initiative (At first, I worried about overstepping boundaries, but I learned that by stepping up and assessing needs, I grew to be more trusted.)
3. It's okay to make mistakes (Working with other people means that sometimes their actions or choices are unexpected. You have to have a sense of humor and recognize that every day brings unexpected challenges.)
What was your favorite part of your internship?
My favorite part of my internship was getting to interact with the residents and build connections with them.
What was your least favorite part?
My least favorite part was organizing supplies and materials for future activities.
How did this experience affect your future goals?
This experience taught me that I find a lot of satisfaction and fulfillment in working with older adults. Because of this, I want to continue serving the older adult population after graduation.
How did you get your internship?
I had to reach out to the life enrichment director via email and ask if I could intern for her.
How did this experience contribute to your growth?
This experience helped me to see how everything I was learning in my classes had merit and worth. I was able to apply my interest in other's well-being daily as I tried to serve others.