Noelle is one of four student interns at the Family Resource Center (FRC) volunteering during the Fall 2017 semester. Noelle, a senior at Miami University studying Social Work and Sociology, is from Hudson, a suburb of Cleveland, OH. Her energy and enthusiasm for her work at the FRC has had a remarkable impact on the immediate welfare of our clients and the Oxford community in the past few months. Here is what she had to say…
Why the FRC is a great place to intern: I chose the Center as it offered a wide variety of social services for a local, not-for-profit agency and where I could learn a lot of different skills while getting involved in the behind-the-scenes, day-to day work. Due to its unique size, the FRC provided me with a wonderful opportunity to be more personable with clients; working one-on-one, both with individuals as well as with their families’ needs. My responsibilities included assistance with benefit applications, employment services, emergency financial assistance intakes, making referrals to other community services, and case management.
This internship has definitely prepared me for my intended career in social work, as it is so much more than just an amazing educational field experience.
What the FRC internship has taught her: I have learned an incredible amount of relevant social service resource information in my role at the FRC. I learned to maneuver through the many different state, federal, and community resources available to low-income people in this area.
Outside the classroom, it was here that I have seen and better understood the real obstacles and daily challenges facing people living in poverty. As a bonus, I have developed a work ethic that would not have been possible without my placement at The Family Resource Center.
I am very grateful for the opportunity, the staff and encourage anyone to give it a try!