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People Inc.

Marketing Intern

June - August 2019 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

What I liked the most about my internship was that the atmosphere was colorful, the people were inviting, and they included me in everything. I was able to be hands-on with the technology, assist the clients in their activities, and network with different professionals. The cool thing about the internship was that it was at an art habilitation center. I graduated from The Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts so that was a plus for me. I couldn’t have asked for a better internship.

What I wish was different

The only thing that I wish was different was the length of the internship. I would’ve loved to stay there longer.

Advice

One piece of advice I’d share with everyone is to take down everyone’s contact information/business card that you network with during your internship. You’ll never know when you may need them for an opportunity in the future. You also don’t know who they may know. Many people are connected and they can get you into doors you’ve never expected.
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Direct Support Professional

June - August 2020 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

It is a great opportunity to help others in a significant way and make a great contribution to the community.
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Volunteer

May 2018 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

I loved the people and the experience that I got working with People with disabilities. It changed the way I think about people with developmental disabilities.

What I wish was different

Not a thing. It was a great place to be part of at 41 palms and I still stop in twice a month too see the individuals there.

Advice

I would say do not feel intimidated by people in wheel chairs, and realize they are just like you and that they have feeling too. Be open with them and b a good friend, supporting their dreams, needs, and desires. Know that they do not want pity, they want inclusion and love more than anything. And the one thing I learned in training at people Inc. Is the word GEM: it means think when working with individuals, is it good enough for me? Treat people with respect and dignity, it is what we all expect, right?
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Mental Health Social Worker Intern

May 2019 • Sallisaw, OK

What I liked

The staff is great.

What I wish was different

Advice

It's an amazing experience.
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Corporate Compliance Intern

June 2018 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

I really like the people I work with and how welcoming everyone is. I like being able to have somewhat flexible hours, as well as being able to do work to help those with a disability.

What I wish was different

I do not think there is anything that I wish had been different.

Advice

One piece of advice I would share about this experience would be to not be afraid to try something new, especially if it is not in the specific field you are interested in or going to school for.
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Direct Support Internship

June - September 2019 • Rochester, NY

What I liked

I got to work directly with individuals.

What I wish was different

My specific job duties were explained to me better.

Advice

You need to be patient when working with different individuals.
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Direct Support

June - August 2019 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

The people I worked with were amazing.

What I wish was different

Everything was perfect.

Advice

Be open minded and get ready to be motivated.
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Direct Support Intern

June - August 2019 • Orchard Park, NY

What I liked

I liked being able to work with people in my field every day. Every day was a different experience. No day was like the last one. I enjoyed working with the coworkers and the people who attended the day hab. I learned many different techniques as well.

What I wish was different

I wish that I could have gotten some more insight from professionals in my field.

Advice

This type of experience is definitely well worth it. Even if the day seems difficult, every day is a different day.
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Residential assistant

June 2018 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Have patience, individuals can be a handful but it’s an amazing job experience!
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Behavioral Health Technician

June 2018 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

I enjoyed going home after work knowing that I had made a difference in someone's life.

What I wish was different

Advice

I gained my position by introducing myself to the president and CEO of the company at a career event. This was not easy but putting myself out there gave me this opportunity.
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Recreation Therapist Intern

May - August 2018 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

I really liked getting to work with people with disabilities.

What I wish was different

I wish my role was more defined and that I didn't have to travel as much.

Advice

Keep an open-mind to the wide array of individuals you will work with.
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IRA Specialist

October 2017 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

I work at a medically fragile home so I love the hands-on medical aspect of the house. I love reading their diagnoses and seeing their symptoms and understanding the cause, as well as reading about their medications.

What I wish was different

The only thing I wish that is different is the fact that the individuals can’t talk. It affects me when I’m not able to know if they’re comfortable in their wheelchair or in their bed so I really try my hardest to ensure that they’re comfortable.

Advice

Always treat people the way you want to be treated. Working with medically fragile individuals isnt for everyone and if you’re not ready to dedicate yourself, for the 8-16hours you’re there, into bettering these individual’s lives then it isn’t the job for you.
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