FLOC is Highlight of Intern’s College Career

(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!

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