“A Day in the Life” by Ria Jagasia

Intern Spotlight

THE HOD “DAY IN THE LIFE” FEATURES STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE HOD INTERNSHIP AND THEN SHARE WORDS OF WISDOM TO ILLUMINATE THEIR EXPERIENCES. THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE STORY OF RIA JAGASIA, WHO COMPLETED AN INTERNSHIP AT VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER IN THE SPRING OF 2017.
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Who: Ria Jagasia

Capstone Term: Spring 2017

Site: Quality, Safety, and Risk Prevention – Vanderbilt University Medical Center

 

What was your role as an intern?

My role as an intern varied from shadowing executives in the various QSRP departments to being an extra hand for QSRP staff by working on ongoing projects. I was able to focus on gathering data for my organizational analysis work which helped greatly when I was choosing a capstone project idea. Because of the wide network within QSRP, I was able to interact with staff that had a variety of roles in promoting the mission of quality and safety in patient care within the Medical Center.

 

What was your capstone design project for your HOD internship?

My capstone project focused on the idea of having a “Culture of Safety” within the Medical Center workplace. Having such a culture means that employees, regardless of their seniority in the organization, feel comfortable communicating with each other about issues that may arise. The goal was that medical staff will work together to prioritize the safety of a patient over other competing goals or obstacles. What I found through my data gathering process was that there was tension in the form of hierarchy barriers between nursing staff and physicians which meant nurses would be reluctant to speak up when a physician was making a mistake. For example, nurses may see doctors deliver the wrong medication or wrong dosage to the patient and not be confident enough to speak up in the presence of more experienced physician staff. This can complicate patient care and thus I saw a need to address this issue. I designed a set of online modules titled “Creating a Culture of Safety” that had sections designed to inform nurses about the importance of having a Culture of Safety and of potential communication barriers. My goal was to empower nurses to start making changes in their behaviors so that they may increase the quality of patient care via open communication with physician staff.

 

What was one of the highlights from your internship experience?

One of the highlights of my experience was being able to dive into the field of quality improvement as it was not an area I had realized existed in the healthcare space. I realized how vital it is to the way healthcare services are delivered. While QSRP had a wide network of teams, each team had an important role in driving the quality of patient care from the data teams that gathered and made sense of large amounts of patient data to other groups which were improving the use of space within the clinics to increase efficiency of care. Having experienced other internships within the Medical Center, I can definitely say this was the most rewarding experience as the information and toolkit I built over the semester was transferrable since quality improvement is important across all service industries.

 

How have you grown as a result of your internship? / How will this internship impact your future (i.e. change career, landed a job)?

As I am currently working abroad in China after graduating early from Vanderbilt, I can definitely see how experiencing a professional work environment during college has aided in my transition to my current job. While I am working in the education industry, which is very different from the healthcare industry, the professionalism skills I gained from my internship experience has helped. I can better integrate with my coworkers and, having gone through the organizational analysis process at my internship site, I am more aware of organizational structures in my current workplace. Being able to figure out how teams work and how roles are divided here has made it easier to find my place. I also am more aware of the issues in our organization’s work and have brainstormed some improvement projects that I would like to work on.

 

What are 3 pieces of advice for someone in the process of their internship search?

  1. While you don’t have to take on an internship in the field you would like your future occupation to be in, it is important to be able to transfer your skills from your internship to a future job. Be considering what types of skills you need in the field you intend to work in and pick an internship that can help you acquire those.
  2. Use the search process to familiarize yourself with the names of companies in your industry of interest. Even if you are looking for internships sites within Nashville, but intend to work elsewhere after college, many companies in the city have branches elsewhere so the research you do will certainly be valuable down the road.
  3. All interviews are great experience. I remember having one of my first phone interviews during the internship search experience and while I did not land up interning with that site, I was able to practice my phone interview skills. Many jobs conduct first-round interviews over Skype or the phone so its important to get that practice in before interviewing for your actual job!

 

How does the HOD capstone internship compare to other internships you have had?

I felt my capstone internship was more valuable as it was full-time unlike many of my previous internships I had held, and I got to really know the organization as a result. I also liked being able to experience many different sides of quality improvement as it was a field I knew little about before that semester. In addition, I developed more a more professional skillset that I can use in my current and future jobs.

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“A Day in the Life” by Darko Osman

Darko Osman served as an intern in the HOD Internship Office in the fall of 2017. He came to us from the Next Steps Program at Vanderbilt University, and from day one, his presence and hard work contributed immensely to our team!
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Darko Osman with his job coach, Chelsea Janda.

Before the conclusion of his internship, we had a quick Q&A with Darko to hear his thoughts regarding his time in our office.

Q: Hey Darko, tell us a little about yourself.

 My family is from Iraq. I speak Kurdish and English and live with 1 brother, 2 sisters, and my mom & dad. My dad owns a local Greek/Mediterranean restaurant. I like to travel, watch movies, go on youtube, music, and learn about politics.   

Q: Tell us about your daily roles as an intern in the HOD Capstone Internship office.

I helped faculty with tasks that they needed done on that day, such as copying/stapling, laminating, sorting/organizing, separating papers, checking the mail at the Commons post office, and working on projects to help with efficiency and aesthetics.

 

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Every morning, Darko would check his mailbox for daily and ongoing projects, as well as correspondence between team members.

 

Q: What do you believe is your greatest strength, and how were you able to utilize that strength during this internship?

I believe my greatest strength is memory. Professionally, I can remember what people say to me, where things go, copy codes, etc. Socially, I can remember people’s names, ask questions, and then remembering the details people tell you.

Q: What was the most challenging aspect of this internship for you, and how did you overcome that challenge?

Visual barriers, not being able to visualize small tasks, using equipment that wasn’t fully accessible. I overcame this challenge by self-advocating and asking for help from staff and my job coach.

 

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Darko’s visual barriers never stopped him from completing internship projects and being successful.

 

Q: What has been your favorite part about interning in the HOD Capstone Internship office?

My favorite part was gaining new knowledge and experience in the area of internships; I also enjoyed organizing.

Q: Do you have a favorite memory that you made during your time here?

The mock interviews. Kristen set it up and encouraged me to go, while Heather & Susan helped organize it for me to participate. In the mock interview, I was asked interview questions, I got to ask questions, practice my elevator pitch and interviewing tips. This was a special and unique opportunity that I would not have been able to do if I wasn’t interning in the HOD office.

 

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Darko at the Mock Interview Event, with interviewer Christine McPherson, VP of HR at Campaign Monitor, Delivra and Emma

 

Q: What do you think is the most important thing you have learned during your time here?

The most important thing I have learned is about strengths and weaknesses. I learned that strengths are areas of work that you are good at. Weaknesses are skills and areas of work that you are not good at, but can work hard to improve. It is important to know your strengths and weaknesses because it helps you to look for the right job. I learned that a strength of mine is organizing and weakness of mine is writing

Q: What are your lifelong goals?

Graduate from college, live as independently as possible, have a big house, get an awesome job—maybe in government. This internship helped me figure out what kinds of work I like and am good at. This helps me to look for an awesome job.

 

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Darko received a Vanderbilt University padfolio to take with him on his professional journey!

 

Q: What do you want to do as a career when you finish the Next Steps program at Vanderbilt?

When I graduate from Next Steps at Vanderbilt, I want a career where the business loves to help people. I could see myself working as an assistant. I would love to work in politics or government.

Q: If you could give someone a piece of advice for how to be successful as an intern, what would it be?

I would tell someone that to be a successful intern they should work hard, listen well, and do their best at their tasks.

Darko’s contributions to our team could not be more highly regarded- as well as his constant positivity and humor that brightened all of our spirits!

 

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Darko Osman, December 2017

Thank you, Darko, for all of your hard work, determination, optimism, and creativity.

We loved having you in our office!

“A Day in the Life” by Blake Sidon – Distance Learning Internship

Intern Spotlight

THE HOD “DAY IN THE LIFE” FEATURES STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE HOD INTERNSHIP AND THEN SHARE WORDS OF WISDOM TO ILLUMINATE THEIR EXPERIENCES. THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE STORY OF BLAKE SIDON, WHO COMPLETED A DISTANCE INTERNSHIP AT U.S. MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS, IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND IN THE SUMMER OF 2015.

 

Who: Blake Sidon

Fall 2017

Internship Site: U.S. Mission to the United Nations – Geneva, Switzerland

 

Check out video clip’s of Blake’s HOD Capstone Internship experience:

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Site description:

The Mission’s formal title is the Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva. The Mission as it’s known today became active in 1946 after the birth of the United Nations. The central goal of the Mission is to represent the interests of the U.S. at the UN Office of Geneva (UNOG) and other Geneva-based international organizations, such as the Conference on Disarmament (CD), Human Rights Council (HRC), World Health Organization (WHO), World Trade Organization (WTO), High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR), International Office of Migration (IOM), and International Labor Organization (ILO). As a bureau of the State Department, the Mission assists in representing U.S. foreign policy goals as well as playing a formal role in negotiating and constructing international law. Additionally, they assist with humanitarian aid coordination and support.

 

What was your role as an intern?

As an intern for the public diplomacy office, my role changed daily. One day I could be attending a meeting on the Syrian refugee crisis, another day I could be taking notes at an ambassador’s press conference. The work required a high learning curve and an ability to be flexible. Some of the “longer” projects I worked on was developing social media campaigns for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, the US Patent and Trade Office’s Patents for Humanity program, and the 16 days of advocacy for Ending Gender-based Violence against Women.

 

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What was your capstone design project for your HOD internship?

For my capstone project, I wanted to focus on the difficulties of working in the foreign service. One common observation was the struggle working abroad and trying to balance work and lifestyle. As I looked deeper into this issue, I realized that the current office culture is not supportive of a culture where work-life balance can flourish. In order to shift the Mission’s office culture, I developed the Cultural Change Agent Network (CCAN). The CCAN identifies employees who healthily prioritize a work-life balance, termed Change Agents. Change Agents are tasked with leveraging their internal networks to facilitate culture change through office activities and events. The CCAN is a cost-effective program that relies on the buy-in of employees at the foundation of an organization rather than the typical “top-down” method of organizational change. This intervention is very beneficial for organizations performing in a high-stakes environment, lacking internal mechanisms for morale improvement, and struggling to retain employees.

 

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What was one of the highlights from your internship experience?

One of the highlights of my internship experience was helping organize an event with Ima Matul as a guest speaker. Ima Matul is a survivor of human trafficking and now advocates for the rights of immigrant laborers in the U.S. She also works with lawmakers to develop survivor-centered legislation at the local, national, and international level. The event included guests from Geneva-based organizations, including IOM, UNHCR, and ILB, as well as delegates from different countries. It was an amazing experience to see NGOs, governments, and civil service working together to address an important issue. Additionally, it’s easy to forget how your work affects other people, especially when you’re surrounded by people in suits and leather conference rooms. Listening to the story of someone with first-hand experience surviving the issues we are trying to halt is an influential reminder to the importance of the work being conducted at the U.S. Mission and United Nations.

 

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How have you grown as a result of your internship?

This internship has enabled me to grow personally and professionally. It has taught me to take risks and put myself in situations that make me slightly uncomfortable. I’ve also learned the importance of keeping an open mind. Before my internship, I was hesitant on working for the government. However, I have learned a great deal about how the U.S. Department of State works and how important it is for the promotion and protection of American interests abroad.

 

What are 3 pieces of advice for someone in the process of their internship search?

  1. Do your HOD internship abroad! The HOD internship program at Vanderbilt is unique in that it provides the opportunity to work abroad for a semester. Take advantage!
  2. Don’t be afraid to look at different internship opportunities. There are many opportunities out there and the HOD internship office may not know of all of them. Research your own opportunities in addition to using the HOD internship database.
  3. Try something new! The HOD internship allows you to try working in an industry you may not get to otherwise. Maybe you’ll find a new passion.

 

“A Day in the Life” by Dana Alloy – Distance Learning Internship

Intern Spotlight

THE HOD “DAY IN THE LIFE” FEATURES STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE HOD INTERNSHIP AND THEN SHARE WORDS OF WISDOM TO ILLUMINATE THEIR EXPERIENCES. THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE STORY OF DANA ALLOY, WHO COMPLETED A DISTANCE INTERNSHIP AT HEART CAPITAL IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA IN THE SUMMER OF 2015.

Who: Dana Alloy

Summer 2015

Internship Site: Heart Capital – Cape Town, South Africa

 

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What was the highlight of your experience (i.e. projects you worked on, people you met, events you attended)?

The best part of my experience was being able to be immersed in the culture of Philippi, the township where I worked, without feeling like a tourist. My afternoons selling vegetables through the maze of streets with my coworkers, Monwabisi and Justice, eating “smilies” and amagwenya with the whole team, or learning about the lives of my team members were invaluable memories I will never forget.

 

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How does the HOD capstone internship compare to other internships you have had?

Working in the nonprofit space, there is always an aspect of complexity and chaos that is less present in a typical, for-profit business. My internship at Heart Capital was the most extreme case of that – on a daily basis, I faced corruption, gang issues, theft, internal conflicts, and more. The HOD curriculum provided me with frameworks to make sense of a complicated situation so that I could provide more value as an intern.

 

How do you think you have grown as a professional (i.e. skills, learning to receive feedback, professionalism tips)?

I think the most valuable lesson I learned is the importance of hard data in creating strategic initiatives in low-income areas. Secondly, I learned the importance of listening to and learning from those around me for weeks – if not months- before even beginning to take action when I am in a new environment.

 

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What are the top 3 pieces of advice you would recommend for the internship search process?

1) Go Abroad! My internship was colored by my international experience. It both gave me a greater understanding of the coursework as well as became the most influential time in my life thus far.

2) Seriously, go abroad!

3) Contact me if you want to go abroad! I now work for the organization that placed me at Heart Capital, and I would be happy to help you find an internship in Cape Town as well. You can reach me at dana@vacorps.com

 

Why did you choose your site for your internship?

I knew I wanted to work at the grassroots level in a township in order to gain more experience. My passion for social enterprise and youth employment initiatives led me to Heart Capital. I also was interested in learning more about food systems, so it seemed like a perfect fit (and it was!).

 

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How will this internship impact your future (i.e. change career, landed a job)?

My time at Heart Capital gave me a perspective that I believe is necessary for my career in the social sector. I also learned the quantitative and qualitative skills required to pursue lasting, data-driven change, and these tools will be necessary for me moving forward.

 

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“A Day in the Life” by Shannon van der Walt

Intern Spotlight

THE HOD “DAY IN THE LIFE” FEATURES STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE HOD INTERNSHIP AND THEN SHARE WORDS OF WISDOM TO ILLUMINATE THEIR EXPERIENCES. THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE STORY OF SHANNON VAN DER WALT, A SENIOR WHO INTERNED AT JUMA ADVENTURES IN SAN FRANCISCO DURING THE SPRING OF 2017.

Who: Shannon van der Walt

Spring 2017

Internship Site: Juma Ventures

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Shannon van der walt: “Photos of Juma youth and university pennants are scattered throughout the office, reminding us of who we serve and what they can achieve.”

 

What was the highlight of your experience?

As cliché as it sounds, the highlight of my experience was having the chance to work with some truly incredible people. My coworkers are from all over the country and world, and all have fascinating backgrounds and stories to tell. Similarly, the students we serve spend afternoons in the office and consistently bring excitement, happiness, and the latest pop culture updates. Juma is a family, my supervisor is a mentor and friend, and work has never been so much fun! From coffee/boba runs, to staff picnics out on the lawn, to cramming into the HR closet, every part of my experience has felt like a team effort. Juma made me feel valued and welcome, and it’s made all the difference!

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How does the HOD capstone internship compare to other internships you have had?

No other internship has ever made me feel so immersed, impactful, or independent. Working 32 hours a week, for fifteen weeks gives you a much deeper understanding of the organization, which rarely to never happens over the course of a typical internship. I was given the opportunity to work on projects that wouldn’t typically be assigned to a summer intern, and as a result, I could contribute in a more significant and meaningful way to the organization. The capstone internship also provides an invaluable opportunity to live and learn in a new city, find a healthy work-life balance, and transition from a student to a young professional.

How do you think you have grown as a professional?

Some projects that I’ve worked on include: recruiting and onboarding new youth and full time staff, designing a brand new professional development program, and creating a manager onboarding packet. Each of these projects has been a unique learning opportunity, and has taught me how to apply HOD concepts to real business processes and decisions.

What are the top 3 pieces of advice you would recommend for the internship search process?

  • Start early, and start with your passions. This is a wonderful and unique opportunity, so don’t waste it! Be proactive and find an organization that shares your values and interests. You’ll be spending four months of hundreds of hours there- make sure you’re genuinely excited about it from the start.
  • USE YOUR NETWORK. I can’t say it enough, your professors, peers, and past employers will give you the best introductions, and will genuinely enjoy helping you out. As Juma’s CEO says, “Your net worth is your network” (but also you are worth so much more). Do not be scared to reach out to people you have not talked to in a while, it’ll be worth it if they can help you land that dream internship!
  • Kill the game from the beginning. Making a very strong, very positive first impression in the first two or three weeks will make the rest of your internship a breeze, and will earn you a reference that can talk in detail about your qualifications, professionalism, and work ethic. This means: get to meetings early, always be prepared, and give it 110% to make an impression. Don’t forget to add your coworkers on LinkedIn!
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Pi Day at Juma!

Why did you choose your site for your internship?

Having just taken Jim Schorr’s class on Social Enterprises, I was fascinated by this idea of nonprofits using traditional for-profit business strategies to maximize social impact and sustainability. Throughout the class, Juma was repeatedly used as an example of an innovative nonprofit that strives to break the cycle of poverty. Enamored with the organization and the location, I reached out to Professor Schorr to make an introduction at Juma. Soon, I had an interview with the CEO and then the Director of Operations, and was offered and accepted an internship within a week. I was very lucky to have such a targeted and quick process!

How will this internship impact your future?

My capstone internship has been extremely influential in regards to my future. This internship has also given me a chance to try out living in San Francisco, and I’ve realized I love the city, and will stay here post-graduation. Through my Airbnb housing adventures, I’ve lived in 5 parts of SF. I’ve seen how diverse and wonderful different parts of the city are, and have gained an appreciation for public transportation, food trucks, and walking up and down crazy SF hills. I’ve also confirmed my passion for nonprofits, and have begun building a network within the nonprofit sector in SF. Overall, I feel so much more prepared for graduation and the post-Vanderbilt life!

 

“A Day in the Life” by Sydney Larsen

Intern Spotlight

THE HOD “DAY IN THE LIFE” FEATURES STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE HOD INTERNSHIP AND THEN SHARE WORDS OF WISDOM TO ILLUMINATE THEIR EXPERIENCES. THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE STORY OF SYDNEY LARSEN, A SENIOR WHO INTERNED AT INTERFAITH DENTAL CLINIC IN NASHVILLE DURING THE FALL OF 2016.

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Fall 2016

Internship Site: Interfaith Dental Clinic

What was the highlight of your experience (i.e. projects you worked on, people you met, events you attended)?

This internship gave me the chance to gain an in-depth view into all of the hard work that goes into running a healthcare-oriented non-profit organization. Working on projects for the Education Center and Development teams allowed me to cultivate new skills in Excel and graphic design, but my favorite experience by far was that involving the people that Interfaith serves. Although it was a small job, I was assigned the task of calling to inform clients that they were accepted into the comprehensive care program. Hearing the excitement and joy in many of their voices really solidified the importance of the work that Interfaith does, and reinforced my own desire to pursue involvement in the nonprofit sector of dentistry someday.

How does the HOD capstone internship compare to other internships you have had?

As a pre-health student, it is often difficult to find internships outside of the research world, as healthcare positions require a great deal of training and qualification. Participating in the HOD Internship gave me an incredibly unique opportunity to be in a healthcare setting for over 30 hours a week, something that few other pre-dental students get to do. While my time was divided between clinical observation and projects for the Education and Development teams, this experience provided in-depth shadowing experience, something that is vital for anyone pursuing dentistry. The wide variety of care that Interfaith offers gave me the chance to observe everything from simple cleanings, all the way to IV-sedated oral surgery. Additionally the internship coursework gave me the chance to focus on learning more about the challenges and opportunities of the industry and gain valuable mentors.

How do you think you have grown as a professional (i.e. skills, learning to receive feedback, professionalism tips)?

I think one of the most valuable parts of this internship was simply getting used to a “real adult” schedule and workload. Learning to balance work with the demands of coursework and life, thought difficult at first, was great practice for life after graduation.

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What are the top 3 pieces of advice you would recommend for the internship search process?

  • Start early! Even if you are still far away from your internship, start researching and actively seeking out organizations you think you might be interested in, make some contacts, and get your foot in the door. That will make the search process much less stressful.
  • Stay in your industry! This may be an unpopular opinion, but don’t use this internship as a chance to try something new or explore your far-fetched “dream job.” When it comes down to the reality of it, thirty-two hours a week is a very long time to spend doing something that you are only mildly interested in. Additionally, this is a wonderful chance to get experience and recognition within your industry, as many organizations are very enthusiastic about hiring an almost full time worker at no cost.
  • Cast a wide net. Even if you have one specific organization in mind, send out as many applications and resumes as soon as you can. Just in case things don’t work out, you will be thankful to have backups.

Why did you choose your site for your internship?

As a pre-dental HOD student (probably the only one), my choice was very straightforward. I came across Interfaith fairly early on during my sophomore year and was immediately drawn to their mission and the unique structure of the organization. Nonprofit dentistry is what I hope to do in the future, so it was very lucky that I was able to find such a perfect fit.

How will this internship impact your future (i.e. change career, landed a job)?

This internship has only reinforced and expanded my desire to pursue nonprofit dentistry. Additionally it has made me aware of Interfaith’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency, something that I would love to explore after my time in dental school. My time at Interfaith gave me the chance to start to create a network of dental professionals in the Nashville community, something that could be very useful in the upcoming years.

Thank you to Sydney for providing this helpful information and advice!

“A Day in the Life” by Rachel Vance

Intern Spotlight

The HOD “Day in the Life” features students who have completed the HOD Internship and then share words of wisdom to illuminate their experiences. This week highlights the story of Rachel Vance, a senior who interned at M Street in Nashville during the fall of 2016.

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Fall 2016

Internship Site: M Street

What was the highlight of your experience (i.e. projects you worked on, people you met, events you attended)?

The highlight of my experience was meeting and interacting with all of the interesting M Street employees.  Not only did I develop a relationship with my coworkers in the Corporate Office, known as the Support Center, I also was able to collaborate with Front of House (managers, waiters, bartenders) and Back of House (chefs, cooks, dishwashers, etc.) staff in the restaurants.  I had a rewarding experience as I learned so much from this group who taught me a tremendous amount about the hospitality and restaurant industry.

How does the HOD capstone internship compare to other internships you have had? Explain.

The HOD capstone internship was more rigorous than other internships I have had in the past.  This was due to the fact that in addition to working 32 hours onsite, as an HOD intern, I was required to complete a tremendous amount of work outside the office.  Also, I was not only responsible for undertaking tasks assigned to me by my supervisor at M Street, but I also had to complete my senior project for the HOD related course.

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How do you think you have grown as a professional (i.e. skills, learning to receive feedback, professionalism tips)?

This experience helped me grow as a professional.  First, I acquired HR knowledge that I will use in my professional career, specifically related to recruiting and talent development.  Additionally, I enhanced my communication skills.  I interacted with colleagues through a variety of platforms including face-to-face communication, emails, and meeting forums.  Lastly, working in an office for a majority of the week was good practice that will help ensure a smooth transition into my post graduation life.

What are the top 3 pieces of advice you would recommend for the internship search process?

I would make sure to start the internship search process early.  It is often hard to connect with employees in organizations as many of these individuals have busy schedules.  The HOD program makes you adhere to strict deadlines, so it is best to prepare early in order to comply with guidelines.  Next, I would take advantage of the HOD internship database.  There were a lot of great opportunities on this platform that eventually enabled me to connect with multiple companies of interest.  Last, I would encourage students to reach out to as many organizations that they may be interested in because the first choice may not work out.  All sites provide valuable experiences, so, the most important thing is to find one that will respond to your initial request and can ultimately accommodate an HOD intern.

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Why did you choose your site for your internship?

I chose M Street as my site for many reasons.  First, I wanted to work for an organization that represented my time spent living in Nashville.  M Street operates some of the best restaurants in the city.  These venues tend to be my “go to” options when I eat out, so I thought it would be enjoyable and rewarding to join their team.  Additionally, I was offered a position in the HR department, which is the industry I planned on pursuing after graduation.  I was hoping to learn HR related skills that would be valuable in my future endeavors.  Lastly, M Street seemed like the perfect site because they were able to meet all of the HOD requirements, wanted to learn about the internship program, and expressed interest in establishing a more formal relationship with the HOD department.

How will this internship impact your future (i.e. change career, landed a job)?

This internship has already and will continue to impact my future, as I am now better equipped to enter the working world.  Having this experience as a senior in college enabled me to get a feel for what life will be like after I graduate, and it no longer seems as daunting.  Even though I am disappointed that my college career is coming to an end, I am now more excited to begin my professional career with a prestigious HR department in NYC.  I am certain I will be able to take advantage of many of the skills I acquired during my time at M Street.

Thank you to Rachel for sharing such valuable insight!