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Summer 2012 Graduate Internship Testimonials

EDDY DURE, THE NEW COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT CUNY

The 2012 EMSA Summer Internship at The College at Brockport provided me with an array of new and exciting experiences.  Working in the EOP Department afforded me the opportunity to work with financially and academically disadvantaged students.  This internship allowed me to confirm why I decided to pursue a career in higher education, which was to serve that specific demographic.  The Open Doors workshop on Diversity & Inclusion was extremely useful as I was able to bring some of the ideas and materials back to my institution.  In addition to the professional development workshops and the work I did in the EOP Department, one of the most enjoyable aspects of the internship was the relationships that we developed with each other.
This is an all-encompassing internship where current Higher Ed/Students Affairs graduate students have the opportunity to develop their professional skills, engage in campus activities, build relationships with colleagues, explore the greater Brockport area, and take advantage of all the resources that western New York has to offer.
--Eddy Dure
The New Community College at CUNY

 

KATIE KIDWELL, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

My summer internship with the College at Brockport: State University of New York was an amazing personal and professional experience! I was really impressed with how Brockport crafts a short internship. My supervisor was very intentional in creating my experience, balancing autonomy with structured projects. I was able to learn a lot about residential life and learning communities while using my strengths through my work on curriculum development, assessment, and learning community placements for the department. It was so gratifying to know that the work I did over the summer would be implemented in the fall! Brockport is also very collaborative, allowing me a chance to work and network lots of professionals on campus. Additionally, I was also able to attend a few regional conferences, though the staff provided professional development workshops in-house every week for us. By the end of the summer, I took back notes, ideas, and best practices to my assistantship on my home campus. Personally, I had six built-in BFFs who I grew to love through the social outings created for us by the Brockport staff. Throughout the summer, I made genuine friendships and professional connections, learned about other geographic regions, functional areas, and institutional types, and had my passion for student affair reaffirmed on a daily basis. I was so happy I took the leap of faith and drove 15 hours to beautiful western NY. I can't rave enough.
--Katie Kidwell
University of Iowa

 

ABBY NOVAK, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE

My summer at Brockport was an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life.  I grew as a professional and as a person over the course of 2 months.  Working with Summer Orientation and Prevention and Outreach Services allowed me to develop lasting bonds with the Orientation Student Advisers and Residence Life staff.  The professional staff at Brockport was incredibly welcoming and provided us with numerous professional development opportunities and social excursions.  My 2012 summer internship experience at the College at Brockport was truly unforgettable, and I hope to continue to keep in touch with students, staff, and other interns that I met this past summer.  I would highly recommend the summer internship experience to everyone!  
--Abby Novak
University of Wisconsin–La Crosse

 

VINIKA PORWAL, PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

Interning at Brockport was truly a fantastic experience.  From the very first day, I could tell that the staff genuinely cared about developing the interns professionally.  The ongoing professional development sessions, conference travel, and cohort model definitely make this internship program worthwhile.  I learned so much from traveling to other campuses, attending conferences, and meeting with administrators, and I developed a number of transferable skills that help me every day in my graduate assistantship at Penn State.  I learned just as much from my fellow interns!  Because we all met in Brockport from around the country, we each had a new institutional perspective to offer each other.

--Vinika Porwal
Penn State University

 

BRYCE WILLIAMS, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

My summer internship with the College at Brockport was truly a life changing experience. I had not previously lived outside of the state of Utah and thus had some reservations when first applying. All of that changed when I arrived at Brockport.  The students, staff, faculty, and community were all very welcoming and made me feel at home. As the intern for Community Development, I worked with orientation, MyBrockport, student organizations, commuter students, and Saturday of Service among many other areas on campus. My experience at Brockport allowed me to engage in a campus culture I was not familiar with as well as growing as an aspiring student affairs professional.  In addition to the internship I was able to build relationships with the staff, explore the greater western New York area, visit Canada for the first time, and build friendships with 6 other interns who I still talk with today and who will be some of my best friends for the rest of my life. The EMSA summer internship at Brockport is truly an experience I am fortunate to have been a part of and will forever be an experience I will cherish.
--Bryce Williams
University of Utah

Summer 2011 Graduate Internship Testimonials

Jessica Knerr, Purdue University

My internship at Brockport allowed me to explore an institutional type with which I was previously unfamiliar.  Not only did I learn about Brockport, but I also learned about the institutions of my fellow interns.  This information has helped guide my job search as I consider the different types of institutions where I could potentially work.  I also feel that what I learned from the staff at Brockport and from my fellow interns has made me a better student affairs professional.  The Brockport internship program was a great experience because it offers internships in functional areas where internships are hard to find and it provides an invaluable cohort experience.  

--Jessica Knerr
Purdue University

Lyston Skerritt, Wichita State University

My summer internship at the College of Brockport was truly a life changing experience in Student Affairs. A summer internship allows you to see a region of the country and explore different functional areas while developing you resume. However, Brockport has brought me more than that. I made new friends in the field from all over the nation, got new ideas and initiatives which I returned and implemented and a rejuvenating energy to work on student development. As a 10-month graduate assistant the summer experience reinforced my passion for the field of Student Affairs and helped me to prepare for the anticipated “Job Search”. Choose Brockport for the experience, for the networking but most of all because they genuinely care and will help you to become a better professional. Step outside the box and prepare to be amazed.

--Lyston Skerritt
Wichita State University

Faustina Cuevas, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

My internship at Brockport allowed me to explore an institutional type with which I was previously unfamiliar.  Not only did I learn about Brockport, but I also learned about the institutions of my fellow interns.  This information has helped guide my job search as I consider the different types of institutions where I could potentially work.  I also feel that what I learned from the staff at Brockport and from my fellow interns has made me a better student affairs professional.  The Brockport internship program was a great experience because it offers internships in functional areas where internships are hard to find and it provides an invaluable cohort experience.  

--Faustina Cuevas
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Kyonna Withers, Ripon College

Being at Brockport for Summer 2011 was a rewarding and special experience. I had the pleasure of working with so many individuals that heightened my Higher Education experience; I just can’t put it all into words.  As the intern for Community Development, I worked with orientation, myBrockport, student organizations, commuter students, Residential Life, Saturday of Service and much more. At times, I was able to increase my supervisory skills, as I supervised the student workers that I worked with. I also got to know Western NY with our social events to Niagara Falls, amusement parks, Charcoal Corral, and downtown Rochester. The most impactful part of my summer is all the connections I made with faculty/staff at Brockport and the other interns there for the summer. I am still talking with the other interns and have even planned a reunion at the ACPA conference in March. As an intern for Summer 2012 you will get an enriching knowledge of Higher Education/Student Affairs at its best!

 --Kyonna Withers
Ripon College

Cristobal Salinas Jr., Iowa State University

The Summer 2011 Graduate Internship with the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Leadership Development at The College of Brockport: SUNY, gave me the experience to gain a better understanding of Leadership Models. The College at Brockport helped me develop an educational learning practice by incorporating theory and leadership training to help students and professionals build a learning environment. While I completed the internship program, I was able to network with faculty, staff, and administrators across The College at Brockport and other SUNY campuses. This networking allowed me to better understand how the university systems works as it relates to assisting students and leadership development.  The valuable lessons that I learned from this experience not only direct my daily work, but continue to maintain my passion for student development, student success, and student leadership development.

 --Cristobal Salinas Jr.
Iowa State University