The presence of interns eager to share in the process of providing hope, help, and healing to children, families and communities adds to the quality of our daily experiences. Over the years our interns have provided us with opportunities to reconnect with the theories that drive our practice, identify and challenge our areas of strength and pursue meaningful dialogue about the goals we are trying to accomplish.
For me, interns hold a special place in my heart because I can recall that time in my life vividly. Returning to school to obtain my MSW was driven by my goal of working with foster youth in some capacity that would support and empower them. My internships helped to solidify my commitment to working with this population. Thankfully, I was exposed to opportunities that challenged and nurtured my professional development. It is with that in mind that I welcome our 2012-2013 MSW interns.
We look forward to supporting, challenging and nurturing you through this important milestone in your professional journey. This work is not easy and the rewards are not always visible but by the end of your spring semester I believe, wholeheartedly, that if you commit to the experience you will know more about yourself as a professional social worker. Over the next several months my expectation for each of you is to be open to learning. My expectation for the KidsPeace Maryland team is for us to be open to learning from each of you.
Here are some tidbits I picked up over the years (as an intern and also while working with interns):
- Set realistic goals.
- Be open to learning.
- Ask questions, even when it seems obvious to everyone else around you.
- Take ownership of your learning experience…this is your education.
- You must be willing to master the basics before you can master the challenges.
- There is no shame in failure unless you fail to learn from your mistakes.
- Your goal is to become a professional social worker. One of your main objectives as intern should be learning from the professionals already doing the job.
- This is training for you but this is also someone’s life so be respectful and diligent in everything you do.
- Seek guidance when you do not know the answer.
- Always try to leave things better than the way you found them for the next person.
Again, we are truly excited to have you on board and wish all of you a terrific year with us.
Written by Ericka Chukwuanu, LGSW- Child Placement Supervisor