You don't know what's out there until you explore. On that principle, I applied for my internship in an effort to discover the areas I was passionate about. When I was offered the position, I was so excited to gain hands-on experience in my interest area. It became clear soon after I began working that I would have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of interests and careers. These opportunities for exploration really helped me narrow down where I wanted my career path to take me.
It felt so good to have so much support from the people on my team. I had opportunities to be mentored by talented professionals, and it was a great feeling to have people who supported and encouraged me in my work. The collaboration and inclusiveness on the team was obvious from the first day I started. I was included in making decisions and developing solutions to challenges. I was given free-reign to think creatively about the projects I was assigned, while still being able to ask questions when I needed help.
REAL WORLD IMPACT
Not only did I gain skills and experience from my internship, my work provided a huge benefit to my team, the agency, and Oregon's education system. I had so many opportunities to engage in real, groundbreaking projects and decisions. It was rewarding to know that my skills and talents were making a difference in my state and in the lives of Oregon's students.