Amy Cecil Internship
My internship was at the Springfield YMCA with the aquatics department. I previously had worked for the YMCA as a swim instructor, and when the opportunity was available to become an intern I knew that it was a great opportunity. I was a previous member too so in addition to knowing majority of the department staff, I knew it would be an easy transition. I was eager to learn what happened “behind the scenes” of both swim lessons and life guarding.
My job duties/ responsibilities included making reference calls for potential employees as well as overseeing the phone interviews. The new hire paperwork was also part of my duties. I created and updated roster sheets for swim lessons, generated newsletters and created brochures. During my internship I developed many skills but I believe that the most valuable lesson that I learned was how to make quick decisions and just make up my mind. I have been quite indecisive in the past and having this internship definitely changed that.
I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from the internship, but it was much more than I had expected or hoped for. I didn’t know that I was going to be so depended upon by staff and clients and have so much responsibility. It was a great feeling to have others depend on my work, and I had a great sense of accomplishment. I anticipate that in the future this internship will give me the upper hand when applying for other positions in the Y organization and other similar organizations. Overall, I’m overjoyed that I was given such an opportunity to have the internship that I did.