Semester of Internship: Fall 2023
Major: Social Work
Current Class Level: Senior
This semester I completed a(n)...: Internship
Internship, Co-op, or Research Site (Company/Organization Name): Baltimore County Public Schools, Woodmoor Elementary School
Location of the Organization (City, State): Lochearn, Maryland
Title of position: School Social Work Intern
Tell us about your internship, co-op, or research opportunity, including your day-to-day responsibilities:
I provide social work services and supports to elementary schoolers. These are both universal supports to the entire elementary school and individualized supports for students with social-emotional developmental delays. A typical day for me is a mix of crisis support, generalist services like the food bank or the social-emotional curriculum, networking with our community partners to bring services to the school, and having the silliest conversations all with the students' needs in mind.
Describe the process of obtaining your position. When did you hear of the position and submit your application?
This is my Field Placement with the BSW program. I was recommended for this placement by my social work advisor, and the applications were through the program as well as through the BCPS social work processes.
What resources did you use to find your current experience?
What have you enjoyed the most about your position and organization?
I love working with kids and being able to be there for them when it can often feel like the systems are working against them. We were all kids at one point, and although looking back it may not seem like it, it truly is a challenging part of our lives. I enjoy being able to help them through that process.
How do you believe you have made an impact through your work?
I know I am making a tangible impact on these kids' lives. Seeing them reaching their goals and being able to make friends, express their feelings and needs, and improve their overall well-being, it is super meaningful to me.
What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?
I would highly recommend going for it. Even if you are not sure that it will be applicable to your field, trust me, it will be. The skills you will obtain just through going through the process and then showing up are helpful in whatever professional field. Go for it!
Please provide a short reflection or quote about what you liked most about your position / earning internship credit / working with the Career Center.