Industry: Education
Type of Internship: Communications: Social Media, Organizing/Outreach
Student Name: Alicia Ranucci
Graduation Year: 2014
Major: Child Study and Human Development, Psychology
Minor: None
Position Title: Civic Engagement Intern
Hours: 40 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

As the Civic Engagement intern, my first priority is to recruit volunteers to teach apprenticeships to middle school students. I build connections and relationships among our volunteers from corporate, university, and community group backgrounds who teach children their passions. I manage our regional social media accounts and write targeted posts on various volunteer organization websites, while also assisting with the national Facebook account to increase external engagement. This summer, my biggest project was leading community outreach efforts through research and network building in Chelsea, MA, where we opened a new partnership with a local public middle school.

How did you find this internship?

I've enjoyed the amount of autonomy and trust I've been given by my team and supervisors. From the first day, I worked with my supervisor to develop goals and discuss specific projects I'd be working on. I've had the freedom to manage my own time, run my own meetings, both with internal colleagues and external stakeholders from the organization, and tackle projects. The Citizen Schools staff has given me countless opportunities and endless support to develop new skills and grow on a personal and professional level. I am constantly pushed to work smarter and think more deliberately and diligently.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

The only drawback to this internship is that it is unpaid. Career Services Internship Credit isn't an adequate substitute for working 40 unpaid hours each week. I additionally picked up two part-time jobs and the biggest difficulty is balancing working for income and working to improve academically, which will further my career through advanced graduate studies or direct employment after graduation.

What do you find challenging?

The only drawback to this internship is that it is unpaid. Career Services Internship Credit isn't an adequate substitute for working 40 unpaid hours each week. I additionally picked up two part-time jobs and the biggest difficulty is balancing working for income and working to improve academically, which will further my career through advanced graduate studies or direct employment after graduation.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Confirm the internship position as soon as possible so you can apply and receive funding. Once at Citizen Schools, set goals for yourself and work with your supervisor to reach them. If you have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish, your work can be more focused towards long-term career decisions.


About the Organization

Citizen Schools
Boston, Massachusetts

Citizen Schools is dedicated to helping all children discover and achieve their dreams. We mobilize a team to enable public middle schools in low-income communities to provide a longer learning day rich with opportunities. Our deep partnerships with schools put young adults on track to succeed by connecting the resources of communities, companies, governments, and philanthropies.