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Nationalities Service Center

Intern

September 2022 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

This is a place where you have the capacity to really develop your own programs. In my own work, I've had to integrate theory and scholarship into practice, which I've never been able to do in an internship capacity before.

What I wish was different

Being paid would have been nice. I wouldn't have struggled so much while taking on this internship had I been paid.

Advice

Ask around to see if there's extra help that can be done in the office. You'll learn lots of new things and your colleagues will absolutely take note of it.
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Bridge-to-Wellness Intern

June - August 2020 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

Very hardworking, invested, and collaborative team. Weekly intern seminars were very informative and a great way to learn about the organization and the professional opportunities that it provided.

What I wish was different

I would appreciated having a longer internship position, rather than being 3 month's, it would have been an even better to have been a half-year position.

Advice

Reach out to other employees at the organization to get to learn about their position and how it fits into the non-profit's position as a whole, everyone there is eager to share their experiences and provide professional guidance, that is really helpful if you are interested in non-profit work, refugee and immigrant social work, immigration legal services.
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Summer Intern

May - August 2019 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

NSC offers interns a space to explore any interest from employment services, ESL classes, refugee resettlement, and a plethora more. There is a great balance of active work escorting clients and teaching classes as well as desk work learning how to process different types of documents.

What I wish was different

NSC relies heavily on volunteer support, so if you’re interested work on securing funding with your school to help with travel/commuting costs during the internship.

Advice

Be open to new and uncertain situations. There are immediate opportunities to have an active role and get to learn intuitively. Take these and help wherever needed! The end result is so rewarding for clients as well as yourself so keep the long-run in mind.
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Resettlement Intern

May - August 2019 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

I loved being able to get to know my clients and help them get the resources necessary to start their new lives in the US. Being a cultural ambassador was truly an amazing experience.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to work more hours because I would have been able to get more involved in the organization.

Advice

Put yourself out there! It can be scary to interact with refugees and there can be a lot of pressure as well, but just be yourself and go outside of your comfort zone.
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Grants Management Intern

May - August 2019 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

This was an incredibly rewarding experience, primarily due to the amazing connections I formed with some of the clients who frequented the office. This organization does vital work for a very vulnerable population made up of some of the best people I've met! My personal values and ideals strongly align with those of Nationalities Service Center.

What I wish was different

I would have liked to have been paid! But I understand how stretched their resources are as it stands.

Advice

Be willing to do any task. The interns are really there to lighten the (overwhelming) workload of the full-time employees. Always try to say yes, even to the boring/unappealing jobs.
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Refugee Resettlement Intern

June - August 2018 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

I was immediately placed in a hands-on, high responsibility position coordinating affairs for various clients. I was able to immediately use Spanish, teach 1-on-1 ESL lessons, escort clients to various appointments, and devise effective courses of action for refugees, asylees, and newcomers of all forms.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Case Management Intern

January 2018 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

I loved working with clients and having the opportunity to manage cases independently. There is a also a great community of summer interns.

What I wish was different

Advice

Case management is sometimes emotionally intense, it's important to take breaks during the day and check in with your supervisor if you need more time.
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Health Intern

June - August 2017 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

Learned a lot in a busy and friendly environment.

What I wish was different

Wish it could be a bit more structured (although this is difficult with low resources and high employee turnover). Great opportunities if you reached out and asked for them, but it definitely requires taking initiative.

Advice

Take initiative to learn as much as possible about the rest of the organization and the local/historical/political context in which you are working.
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Refugee Employment and Advancement Program intern, English teacher

June - August 2017 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

At Nationalities Service Center, I was able to meet and work with refugees and immigrants from all over the world who are now living in Philly. Interning as a part of the REAP team I was able to help our clients find jobs, create resumes, and assist in other tasks to help them get acclimated to their new home. I also helped to teach in the daily English classes.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be flexible and be open! You will meet and get to work with many amazing people, from the staff, to clients, to fellow interns, and you will learn a lot from everyone you meet.
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