Exploratory Student Internship

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…
This theory aligns with the goals of providing the necessary help the students need by working collectively with them in problem solving or concerns. The Situational Leadership was chosen for the Exploratory Student Advisement department because create flexibility for the department, because the director can adjust and adapt to changing environments. In Situational Leadership the Director will encounter situations with new untrained employee, in which the director will know how to adjust their leadership style to provide a supportive relationship. The leadership style can also help reduce the stress levels, in which this eliminates unrealistic expectations from top officials in the department. Situational Leadership should be goal for all university departments, in which this style of leadership can easily produce new employees into

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