Liberal Arts Career Services
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United Way for Greater Austin

Summer 2017

Position: Success by 6 Intern
Student: Psychology Junior

My internship took place at United Way for Greater Austin, and my internship position was titled “Success by 6 intern”. United Way in a non-profit organization that aims to fight poverty in Austin. In the Success by 6 initiative, United Way aims to make sure that all children enter kindergarten being happy, healthy, and ready to succeed, which is also known as “school readiness”. This means that Success by 6 works with stakeholders, schools, the city, parents, other nonprofits, and directly with children to ensure that low-income children ages 0-5 receive high-quality education and opportunities to start off on a more even playing field.

My role as a Success by 6 intern included learning about the issue of poverty in Austin, and how the cycle of poverty starts so young. I work 15-hour weeks, 3 times a week working on many different tasks. Part of working at a non-profit is that it is all hands-on deck, so many kinds of tasks are needed by a single person. I would say typically I would come into work at 10 am, get a small 1 on 1 with my boss if it is the beginning of the week about my progress and a few tasks that need to be completed. After that, I get to work. This could be about entering data about the center project, putting iPad cases on iPads for the Play to Learn program, sitting in a staff meeting, creating lesson plans for a new parenting initiative called Vroom, creating social media content, volunteering at a “Splash Day” for the GAVA program that supports keeping children healthy and active, or many other possibilities. Every day is a new experience.

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