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Sophie Louallier ’18: Education services intern, Irish International Immigrant Center

By Contributing Writer on January 9, 2018

Sophie Louallier interns at Irish Immigrant Center

For my summer internship, I worked for the Irish International Immigrant Center, which provides free legal, education, and counseling services to immigrants, both Irish and non-Irish.

I worked primarily in the Education Services department, however I also spent at least one day a week in Guest Services, which allowed me to interact with every client that came through our doors, connecting them with the right resources. This also allowed me to interact with and learn more about most other departments in the organization.

For Education Services, I prepared class files and folders for our summer conversation classes and then again for the fall, cross-checking students on the online roster and our paper files, as well as making sure students were aware when their classes started. A large part of my role was also co-teaching several classes, including a six-week ESL class focused on art and history in Boston, a six-week conversation class focused on practicing basic conversation skills, and a ten-week citizenship class.

For the Art and History ESOL class, every Wednesday we would take a field trip into the city to see what we had discussed on Monday, and I led several different portions of the field trips.

For the citizenship class, I made class-specific Taboo games to review important figures, dates, and events in American history, and also planned a field trip around historic Boston, which helped to make more concrete some of the material covered in class. This manifested itself particularly well when we ended our field trip at the Old State House where, the students learned, the Declaration of Independence was first read to Bostonians.

The biggest thing I learned about myself is that I enjoy teaching ESL classes and that it might be something I wish to pursue after graduation, either as a career, or as a volunteer opportunity. I also learned to be more confident with my Spanish. I interacted with many clients who did not speak English and with whom I had to clearly express certain pieces of information.

Finally, I learned that it is ok (and even a good sign) to ask for more responsibility.


Seamus Crowley ’18 Participated in the MiddCORE Educational Program

By Contributing Writer on December 11, 2015
Seamus Crowley '18 studied communication and decision making skills

Seamus Crowley ’18 studied communication and decision making skills.

I participated in a program called MiddCORE this past summer. MiddCORE is a month-long educational program run by Middlebury College and hosted by Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, NV within walking distance to Lake Tahoe. Throughout the month I completed 160+ hours of mentor­-driven workshops designed to strengthen skills in leadership, collaboration, strategic thinking, persuasive communication, financial literacy, negotiation, ethical decision­-making, crisis management, and entrepreneurship. The most exciting moment of the month for me was a consulting project I worked on with a group for Peet’s Coffee & Tea. We spent a week preparing a deliverable on how the company could market coffee to millennials more successfully, and finally at the end of the week we had the opportunity to present our ideas to the CEO of the company. It was incredibly exciting to be solving a real-world problem and knowing that your ideas could end up being implemented across the nation. Having such a large responsibility for an amazing opportunity made the process very rewarding.


Denise Elliot ’16 Interned at Legal Outreach – Summer Law Institute

By Contributing Writer on December 5, 2015
Denise Elliot '16

Denise Elliot ’16 worked with many students from low-income households in Queens.

This summer I worked as an intern at Legal Outreach’s Summer Law Institute, which prepares rising eighth graders from low-income households for the rigors of high school. Upon completing the Summer Law Institute, students have the opportunity to apply to Legal Outreach’s College Bound program which will further prepare students for college. The most exciting moment of my internship was working with my 21 students to perform in a mock trial competition. Prior to the mock trial competition, I was able to work with all of my students to develop their individual strengths and improve upon their shortcomings. Through this process I was able to have a personal impact on students who I did not think I would be able to inspire. I can honestly say that I have made 21 amazing new friends and I am excited to keep in touch with them as they grow up!

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