Industry: Education
Type of Internship: Education: Teaching/Training/Lesson Planning
Student Name: Lillian Lu
Graduation Year: 2015
Major: English, Film and Media Studies
Minor: None
Position Title: Teaching Assistant and Social Media Coordinator
Hours: 30 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Paid, part-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

As a teaching assistant, I help instruct SAT, grammar, and writing classes by conducting small focus groups. I often teach the ESL students. As the social media coordinator, I manage the Facebook account and e-mail correspondences of the company.

How did you find this internship?

I've been interested in teaching for a while, and wanted to try my hand at it in my hometown this summer. I actively searched for learning centers and found a way to contact the CEOs of the companies. I e-mailed CVs and cover letters, and even though the companies hadn't listed that help was wanted, I found myself employed after a phone interview.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I love connecting with the students and seeing them improve over the weeks. Many come up to me afterwards to inquire how to keep in touch with me over the school year, and ask if they can continue to come to me for advice. To see them excited about something as stereotypically boring to learn as grammar rules thrills me.

What do you find challenging?

Age and personalities range so widely in classes. As a T.A., I have to find a way to reach out to all of them and make sure they are getting a rich, edifying, and stimulating experience. It's a challenge to adapt to everyone, but very rewarding when I have succeeded.

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

This goes for many English or Education major-related jobs: several companies won't post that help is wanted, even if it is. Jobs are out there if you know what you're looking for and how to market your skills. You need to be proactive for this reason, and flexible because many learning companies have specific methodology.

About the Organization

Princeton Education Network
Princeton, New Jersey

PEN offers an academically-oriented approach to test preparation that helps students make the connection between the test and what they are learning in school. In addition, we are looking to create a "stress-free" college search and selection process. With these two premises combined, we offer a truly innovative and revolutionary product that is engineered to help students optimize their potential.