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Tasia D.

Tasia D.
MS, Clinical Psychology '12

Internship Site:
EWU, Office Student Activities
Cheney, WA 


How long was your internship?

It was a one year position that may be continued with the discretion of the supervisor.

What were your job duties?

As the Graduate Assistant of Leadership Education, I assisted in developing the vision and direction of the Leadership Education Program at Eastern Washington University. More specifically, I provided leadership training to student clubs and organizations, organized monthly leadership seminars, designed and implemented educational opportunities for students that focus on social justice issues, as well as, assisted in the planning of the annual student leadership conference.

What were some of the steps you took to find this internship?

Coming to Eastern Fall '10 as a new student I was unfamiliar with the employment/internship opportunities on campus or even how to get involved. Therefore, the summer before school started, I took a tour of the campus-meeting with my program chair and talking with faculty around campus. My intentions were to make personal connections on campus and make known my interest working with students. When The Office of Student Activities sent out an announcement about this position, my program chair notified me. I'd suggest talking with as many people as you can about your interests; then when an opportunity arises, you'll be first to come to mind!

Over time were there things you did personally to help you prepare for this internship?

As an undergraduate student, I took advantage of every opportunity to advance my leadership skills and experience. I attended any leadership retreat I could get my hands on! I actively participated in monthly workshops and trainings put on by the university, volunteered at a local non-profit organization, took on leadership positions within my sorority, and kept my eyes and ears open for anything and everything that came my way!

Got any personal advice for students who may be a bit nervous about stepping into larger internships, or internships in general?

The knowledge you'll gain by experience is invaluable, the inevitable stumbles along the way inspire growth, but most of all-the emotions that will flood you after successful completion of a soulful project is simply exhilarating! Also, it's okay, even good to be nervous; it shows you care!

Personal Mantra (7 words or less)?

I'll either win one or learn one!

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