Onto the next stage…

Simply because this summer has been one of the most rewarding and eventful sualt textmmer’s I’ve had thus far, it has also felt like the shortest summer I have ever experienced. With one week left of my internship and an entire semester to prepare for, it Is more than necessary to take some time to reflect. Throughout this experience I have learned many valuable skills including time management, accountability and professionalism.  Most importantly I have learned how to be a great asset to my work environment while also maintaining my own personal interests. I would not change any aspect or decision I have made during my internship experience. I believe I have been a great contribution to the office with my research my skills and readiness to fill in where necessary. Personally, I will continue to push myself to be more outspoken and vocal about my interests and all opportunities that I find to be beneficial. I look forward to beginning the next phase of my college experience. My internship at the City of Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management has helped prepare me for this next phase in more ways than I could have predicted 3 months ago.  

Versatility is Key

Working in all types of environments, it is very useful to be versatile in your skillset. However, this task is increasingly important when working in an office involving emergency services. Thinking back to my internship search versatility and open-mindedness is what brought me to this internship. I was searching for a law internship however law and politics tend to have pertinent relationships many different fields . I applied to this internship for the great research opportunities that It would provide but had not even imagined the ways in which it would also allow me to explore my interests in law and politics. After applying I shortly was scheduled for an interview. After arriving home in Philadelphia I received a fellowship offer from the Office of Emergency Management and was elated to accept. A large part of receiving this acceptance included researching the office thoroughly prior to the interview and reviewing all aspectalt texts of my resume both old and new. When considering internships it is always useful to consider its relation to your college experience but more importantly its relation to your life.  This allows interviewers to get a better understanding of you in just a few words while it also gives reason  for you to be fully invested in your experience. #DickinsonInternTip By the end of your internship you should exceed the expectations set by your supervisor however, excel at your own pace success has no time limit.

Going the extra mile

alt textBeing open and willing to go the extra mile can take you very far. Not even actually doing something  all the time but being open to contribute more than what someone asks of you, is a great characteristic to have. I never really considered myself to be a “first one to arrive, last one to leave” type of person however considering the type of work I am doing my work is truly never done. Inevitably this has allowed me to develop closer relationships with not only my supervisor but also many other individuals in the office including the other fellows. Each of the fellows work on different assignments so from speaking with them throughout the day I am  able to become very equipped on other aspects of the office that I am not focusing on. I now find it useful to ask more questions and processes and networks that I see other fellows and my supervisor using.  Being granted the Dickinson grant has allowed me to have this wonderful experience but also has provide with a healthy environment to study for my LSAT exam. I am currently studying 4 days a week for 3 hrs a day for my exam. I also have integrated  the “go the extra mile” mindset into my study habits to ensure I get am working to achieve  a great test score.  #DsonIntern 

Meeting with Mayor Kenney

My name is Aliyah Walker and I am interning for the City of Philadelphia’s alt textOffice of Emergency Management. The office works to prepare the city of Philadelphia for emergencies, create public safety plans and assesses relevant incidents that involve the citizens of Philadelphia. Each of the interns along with myself are given the opportunity to work on special projects from preparing large city celebrations or preparing for natural disasters. My project allows me to be involved in a few different research opportunities from improving emergency planning for AFN (access and functional need individuals), improving emergency planning LEP (Limited English Proficiency individuals and working on the opioid crisis. These projects are all independent research which has allowed me to learn how to improve my thinking skills. In my second week I had the opportunity to sit on the Mayor’s Resilience Project. Several agencies spoke about improvements that have been made to reduce the danger caused by the opioid crisis and the plans to improve safeness for the future. This amazing opportunity allowed me to understand how the findings and observations of my research influence what is being done for the city.