Name: Jessi Quicker (Picture not available)
Major: Philosophy and Psychology
Class of (Graduation Year) 2019
Location of Intern Site: The House of Mercy in Loyal, WI
Major Responsibilities: At The House of Mercy, I do a variety of tasks. Each day is different depending on what is happening. There is only me, and my manager who is technically part time.I take care of a lot of secretary tasks such as answering the phone and printing reports. Judy, my manager, struggles with technology so I also play the part of IT. I babysit the kids, which are a range of ages and put on programs to entertain them as well as to teach the kids skills. For example, one day I had a learn to watercolor paint event. My contract also has me working with the local Catholic Church and organize a VBS. One of my favorite responsibilities though is simple talking to and getting to know the residents at the House of Mercy. They say that the best way to serve is to love and the best way to love is to simple be with the people you wish to serve and to share in their struggles and successes.
How did I find out about this internship?: I found out about this internship through people I know from back home. Judy, my manager at the House of Mercy, is a prominent figure in my life stretching all the way back to my childhood as our shared activism in clubs overlapped. As a teen, Judy invested her time into me. I saw the needs of our community and began to help Judy in several of the social justice programs that she ran, by volunteering many hours. I think this first hand experience influenced me in choosing my majors and idealizing my future career path. When word spread in my home town that I was looking for an internship (It is a small town) Judy heard and wanted to know if I could lend my summer of internship service in helping her with the running the House of Mercy. I didn’t actually formally apply to a single internship, instead my past experience opened the door to an amazing summer internship.
Favorite part of the internship? I like getting to know the residents and talking to them one on one. People are more than socioeconomic status or a history of poor choices. The women I got to serve with on a daily basis are all mothers trying to make their and their children’s lives better. While being an intern, I saw Christ in these people. Being able to see that is by far the best part.
Most challenging part? Trying to remember that we are all human and what that means.
Biggest lesson learned at internship? One day I was displeased with myself because I did something silly and I called myself ‘mousy’ and justified my lack of authority in my actions in the fact that I was an intern, not a full fledged employee. I thought I was being humble and considerate of others. My manager, Judy, was not happy with this. She then told me that even though I was just an intern I still had great dignity. She told me not to ever sell myself short by hiding under the title of being ‘mousy’ when I have the reputation of being bold.I think the overall lesson learned is not to belittle yourself in uncalled for ways. It is not attractive. And it is not helpful to anyone.
Advice of others considering an internship: Be sure to take care of yourself! The old saying ‘You can’t give what you don’t have’ is very true.