Thriving (not Dying) with Internships

Hey everyone!

Let’s talk about stress. (Ain’t that way to start off a post) Prior to this internship, I have only had jobs either at school or otherwise unpaid. The thought of an internship seemed daunting and so far removed from me that when I got the message that I got the job, I was sooooooo unprepared. What is an internship? Is it a job job? Am I going to have too much free time? None?? A plethora of questions rattled my brain, I want to go through them so that y’all don’t have to. So, this and the next post will be on how to get an internship and how to thrive during one. Let’s start us off with how did I even get here in the first place, and that credit has to go to my friends at college. A huge part of how I got my job is from sitting in a triangle with two of my classmates in the library and sending each other job after job after job. A quick analogy I would compare it to is laundry (omg I’m getting old). What I have found out when it comes to cleaning your room and folding laundry is that it is way easier and goes by faster when it’s not your own stuff. Helping someone else gives you an outside perspective so that you can look at the big picture rather than being stuck on the details. Same with finding an internship; sometimes it takes the help of your classmates and friends who know you and your interests to give suggestions rather than doing it Han Solo style. Setting up parameters and interests for yourself is also a good way of narrowing your search for internships. I know I was scrambling trying to figure out what I wanted to do and if this would determine my career path AND IT WON’T. Get that out of your head and really envelope yourself in the process of researching and getting experience of how it will work in the future for job hunting. This is the most low-risk job search you’ll be a part of, so take it all in.

Thanks for reading my ramble, and part 2 of how I am actually surviving this internship will be coming up soon. See y’all later!

#ConnectionsMatter

Hi everyone! Welcome back to the blog!!

While it has been a whirlwind since being here, the connections I have made with my fellow Interns as coworkers and friends has been amazing. The hashtag that titles this post is taken from my workplace and their motto for this summer. I didn’t realize the value of networking and building office relationships until this internship. Especially being new to the area and my internship requiring me to move around frequently, it has been extremely helpful to be able to message one of my Interns “HELP! WHERE AM I RIGHT NOW??” and know that they will reply. My Program Officers started meetings off with building connections and getting us to know one another so that we have each other to rely on during this summer. With weird ice breakers that make me feel like a kip to deep discussions about trauma we have faced, I know more about my fellow interns than I do with some of my friends from school. Not only that, my workplace has given A LOT of chances to network and build relationships with people outside of the SFI program. Using the business cards (ooh, so formal) and pamphlets from my workplace has also given me the chance to increase my network with USD and companies we are working with. USE WHAT IS GIVEN TO YOU. I cannot stress how helpful it has been having Kroc SFI backing me up and being able to use them as reference when booking venues, working on events, and even more. Hope this post was helpful and opens discussions for how to network make it seem more tangible than before! Don’t worry, I will post more about the fun things around and food suggestions, but this internship has given me more experience than I could have ever imagined and I hope to share that with y’all in upcoming posts.

Till next time, talk with you all later!

Where Am I???

Hi everyone! Welcome to my new blog about the Social Fabric Initiative at USD. My name is Halima Ling; I am originally from the Chicago land area, and I am an upcoming Junior over at Dickinson College (man, do I travel a lot). So…let me introduce to you all where I’m at and what’s been going on since I’ve been working the last couple of weeks! The University of San Diego is located on the top of a hill whilst I am in the bottom of Mission Valley, which means that when I drive to work my ears pop like I’m on an airplane haha…Moving away from that, my workplace is at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (or Kroc IPJ that took me weeks to figure out and start saying). I have been working alongside 8 other Interns ranging from ages 20-31 and have been doing everything from helping run events to brainstorming projects. My main work as a Thread Lead has been hands-on with high school students who chose this program to create social justice projects tailored around their favorite or most interested subjects; mine include LGBTQ+ rights, Plastic Pollution, and Alcohol and Drug Prevention. (No worries, I’ll go more into detail about my work in future posts, as well as posts about tourist and dining out spots to go to!)  Thanks for reading my first post everyone; there is more to come with my rants from work to suggestions of tourist spots and advice from my coworkers!