Before starting the Project Coordinator Fellowship at Jersey Cares, Elida Abreu was wading through a pool of uneasiness. However, with her mentor’s advisement, she championed a job interview and has a renewed confidence. Jersey Cares’ 10-week internship program provides more than just an internship experience with diverse assignments. The program offers an opportunity for interns to learn workforce development skills with corporate employees in conjunction with a mentor. This mentorship aides Jersey Cares interns as they maneuver through new challenges and see the fruits of their labor.
Included is a snippet of the coaching conversation Abreu had with her mentor before her interview. The dialogue shows that our mentors aren’t solely focused on meeting business quotas. Instead, our mentors invest in the development of a fellow’s skills.
Intern: “The human resources department from NJ PAC just emailed me for an interview… I do want to go through some pointers.”
Mentor: “What do you need pointers on?”
Intern: “I wanted to know what’s the best way to present myself and what to bring.”
Mentor: “Sure, here are a few tips for success.”
-Always bring a copy of your resume
-Prepare questions; interview them just as much as they interview you
Intern: “Thank you for everything you told me, I know I’ll do well today.”
*** Mentor Coaching After Interview
Mentor: “How’d it go?”
Intern: “It went great, they were really friendly, and they want me to start in Mid- May.”
Mentor: “Yayyyyy How are you feeling?”
Intern: “Very excited and wanting to get involved.”
Upon completion of the Jersey Cares Project Coordinator Fellowship, one will realize that they’re well equipped to thrive in professional environments. Before her interview, Elida told her mentor, “Thank you for everything you told me, I know I’ll do well today.” Sometimes, we merely need a few words of encouragement. Jersey Cares congratulates Elida Abreu for being awarded an internship placement at NJPAC as a Graphic Design Intern in the Creative Services/Marketing Department. Her work as a New Media Technology student at Essex County College will not go unnoticed at NJPAC as she carries the lessons she learned with Jersey Cares. To learn more about the Jersey Cares Project Coordinator Fellowship, click here.