(Holly Friedman is a FLOC intern and attends The George Washington University. She would like to start a blog thread for GW tutors this year.)
Fifteen-credit course loads, never-ending research projects and community service hours… all while attempting to maintain a social life. It’s not always easy for a full-time college student to also have a challenging internship.
My name is Holly Friedman and I am a junior at The George Washington University where I am majoring in Human Services and minoring in Speech & Hearing Sciences.
While it’s not always easy, my experience as an intern at FLOC has made all the late nights studying and time management challenges well worth the extra effort. I have always loved working with children, but my experience so far at FLOC has been truly unique.
Although I love my coursework in human services classes, my hands-on experience at FLOC has been the highlight of my junior year, and perhaps my college career thus far. As an intern, I am a site coordinator for both the Thursday night math tutoring program and the Saturday afternoon reading tutoring program, where I work directly with students and tutors.
My weekly tasks consist of editing lesson plans, working on long-term and short-term projects and lending a hand to staff members in any way I can.
Over the past few years I have toyed with the ideas of being a teacher or a speech-language pathologist, and I currently want to be a social worker. Until this year, though, I never thought about working at a nonprofit organization, and I didn’t even realize that community-based organizations like FLOC actually existed.
Through my internship experience, I realize that I now see myself potentially working in the nonprofit sector as my career.
FLOC is a combination of all of my professional interests, giving me the opportunity to work with children, teach and help others all at once. Although it sounds cliché, I encourage all college students to explore, because you may find something that suits all of your interests — just like FLOC suits mine!