Importance Of Student Internship

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An internship can be an amazing experience; in which you are encouraged as well as held accountable within an organization. I was fortunate and blessed with an opportunity to work with the Exploratory Student Advisement department at SIUC. The ESA department sets out to help students who are still in the deciding mode of their lives, while giving students additional time to narrow down their choice for a career path. The Exploratory Student Advisement department was located in the New Student Service Building on the SIUC campus. This internship was conducted throughout the semester, starting in August until December. I was employed as an Administrative Graduate Assistant/Mentor in the ESA department. Within the department hierarchy, my supervisor …show more content…
My duties consisted of assisting mentees with time management, academic policies and procedures, and referrals to advisement and other student support service offered by the university. The Director held me accountable for processing the required administrative paperwork and reports necessary to document the mentoring services being provided. The ESA department assigned me to facilitate the outreach programs and serve as liaison between mentees and advisement within the department. I was assigned the Assistant Office Administrator for 3 months within the department, while Kylie had surgery. This position consisted of the overseeing of all student workers, monitoring their times sheets, and weekly meeting with student for improvement for the department. My duties were everlasting, but mentoring was the most important duties within the department. Mentoring young men correlates with my future goals of developing a non-profit that guides young males on the right path in …show more content…
The ESA was operating under the Participative management of organizational theory. In participative management theory, the attention on democratic management highlights the development of supportive relationships and group problem solving amongst an organization. This program has mostly freshman that are in need of support. This support can help with decreasing the chances of them dropping out of college, because they are equipped with the right learning tools in this program. Most freshman are more likely to be competent to finish university assignments, but they need additional assistance in deciding a major, or the correct study habits, or simply making an adjustment to the new social environment of a college campus. The issue in the department was that there was only one director but fifteen workers in the department that the Director had to oversee. The Director may become unable to complete their assigned tasks as well as being incapable of delegating certain task. This was perceived as a major problem with the span of control being too extensive for one

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