We are now half way through our 4th week of the fall quarter, can you believe it?! With internships beginning, midterms coming up, and many papers to write, we may be beginning to feel overwhelmed. My advice is to take everything as they come, write one paper at a time, take a breath, and remind yourself to fit in self-care (somewhere, in your schedule).
So, when I was thinking about what to write, I was thinking about what may be most on everyone's mind. Whether you are an advanced standing, foundation year, or concentration year student most of us are experiencing being the new social work intern. Although, internships come in many different shapes and sizes, we are all in a position of being new and learning.
This is a vulnerable position to be in, we are owning the fact that we are new and may not know exactly what to do in all situations that come up.
First of all, congratulations on beginning this enriching learning experience.Whether your internship is clinical, community, with children, with the aging population, we may all be experiencing the same feelings regarding our new position. You may feel anxious, excited, and challenged by this new experience. I came across a great article from The New Social Worker on tips on beginning a new social work internship.
I have linked the article below, please leave your feedback about your feelings and thoughts on this article. I look forward to reading your feedback and comments.
8 Tips for New Social Work Interns