Editor's Note - This is the fifth in a series of "Summer Intern Chronicles" that Cape Cod Today will publish throughout the season. Many local college students undertake internship experiences during summer break. These internships can truly form a young person as a professional in their chosen career path. For many, the internship is their first work experience in the career they hope to pursue. These internship stories are intended to give the students an opportunity to share their experiences, showcase the work of their sponsoring organization and put in a plug for their college. The stories are written in the students' own words and published verbatim as submitted.
If your Cape & Islands or Plymouth organization hosts summer interns and you'd like them to participate, please email [email protected] and we will send you the project guidelines.
Matthew O'Sullivan - Westfield State University
My name is Matthew O’Sullivan, from Milton, Mass., and I am a recent graduate of Westfield State University with a degree in Elementary Education. This summer I am interning at Latham Centers’ Children’s Campus in Brewster, working alongside teachers and administrators learning more about the school and how I can best meet the needs of my students. My goal as a teacher is to learn how I can best accommodate the needs of my students and I know working at Latham I will learn how best to do that.
At this point, I have not been at Latham for a long time, but I can already tell I am going to learn a lot and gain great experience from this great opportunity. From the few short weeks I have been at Latham, I have already made great connections with the other staff, and learned a lot from them I would not have been able to learn anywhere else. One big thing that I have learned that no education class could teach me is how to make real connections with your students and how important it really is to create those bonds with them.
For the summer, I am living at my cousin’s house in Hyannis. I plan to gain a lot of experience from work, but I am also enjoying the fact that I am on Cape Cod for the summer. Outside of work, I plan to explore new beaches all over the Cape with friends, while also creating new friends and creating lifelong memories.
One piece of advice I would give another college student who is seeking an internship is not to just pick any internship but pick one you will enjoy and get the most out of. When selecting your internship, take a look at if it is something you may be interested in, what you will get out of it, and if you will enjoy the people you will be with. Be smart with picking your internship – try not to only look at the ones that pay the most or even pay at all; keep your mind open and look for what will work best for you. You do not have to hate your job or be bored at it—there are options out there for work that can make you enjoy going to work and what you do there. Latham Centers has shown me that I can make a difference and love what I do.