Rachel completed an internship with Anasazi Foundation as a Trailwalker. Here is what she has to say about this experience:
What day-to-day tasks were part of this experience?
During the internship, we were responsible for keeping the clients safe and helping them feel loved. Our duties included navigating them through the wilderness, administering their daily medications, sitting with them and talking through difficult emotions, facilitating group therapy and councils, maintaining positive conversation topics, keeping the clients in sight at all times, checking in three times a day with are supervisors, counseling to get on the same page with other Trailwalkers, administrating first-aid when necessary, and taking daily notes on how the clients are doing for their therapists.
Was this experience a confirmation that you are going in the right direction, or is it a pivot to something else?
Confirmation. I new that I wanted to enter into the social/mental services arena but I was unaware how. I realized through this experience that I am very good and listening to other and deescalating situations. I talked to the Marriage and Family therapists that worked for the organization about their career paths and they gave me some very good advice. Seeing therapists working in a nonprofit setting was inspiring to me because I want to one day work in a nonprofit that supports immigrants and refugees. I now have a clear path forward to pursue my LCSW and the confidence in myself to walk forward.
Would you recommend this internship to other students?
This is a life-changing experience that I believe other students would greatly benefit from. This would especially be of help to anyone who plans on working with other human beings and want to improve their communication skills. This internship really helped me work on myself and build my confidence. If an intern wants to work on people skills and grow as an individual, this is the job for them. I was also able to get over my fear of spiders, which is a plus.