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Grace: Social Work

Grace interned as a therapist with Wasatch Mental Health.

Describe a day in your life as an intern.

I would arrive, see five to eight clients for therapy, sometimes do mental health evaluations, attend staff meetings, help clients get in with doctors, and lead therapy groups and classes.

What industry/job-specific skills did you learn?

I learned how to conduct therapy sessions, connect with other agencies, and engage in political advocacy for social policies.

What are three things that you learned from this experience that could be applied to other settings?

I learned how to leave work at work. I served individuals going through really difficult things like homelessness, abuse, and death. Sometimes that haunted me on the drive home. I learned to leave that at work so I could be my best self at home and return to my clients fully recharged.

What was your favorite part of your internship?

The people I worked with! I formed relationships with my coworkers and community providers that will be in my life for a long time.

What was your least favorite part?

Seeing sad things happen to my clients.

How did this experience affect your future goals?

I was able to get exposed to almost every area of specialty and pick an area that worked for me.

How did you get your internship?

I was referred by the BYU social work master's program!

How did this experience contribute to your growth (personal, academic, professional, etc.)?

My major is one that is built on soft skills, and I was able to learn how to use those soft skills in a workplace.

This is a picture I took outside of the building I interned at.