Home Education Field-Based Learning in Family Life Education: Facilitating High-Impact Experiences in Undergraduate Family Science Programs
Step Three: Contacting Potential Internship Agencies
After the internship fair and the orientation to the ECU-LINCS Match Process presented during their seminar class, students are instructed to contact their top agency choices. Students are encouraged to call or e-mail the agency’s director or use the contact method preferred by the director and to contact them promptly. First impressions, even over the phone or through e-mail are influential, thus students are instructed to maintain a cheerful and professional disposition whenever they are corresponding with agency directors. After initial contact, students and agency directors designate a meeting time at the agency’s site, so the director and the potential intern can better determine if the agency is a good fit for the student.
Step Four: Updating the Resume
Students are instructed to bring an effective resume when meeting each agency director. Students develop a resume in the introductory course for the major. One of the early assignments within the seminar is to update previous resumes. FCS faculty collaborate with staff from the career center to teach students how to effectively build and regularly update their resumes in order to emphasize their strengths and assets. Resumes typically include educational background, academic knowledge-base, skill-sets, and out-of-classroom experiences such as the service-learning and volunteer experiences they have accumulated as a university student. An effective resume should show a potential agency director what knowledge, skills, and abilities students will bring to their agency.
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