During winter break, Andrew Roesch interned at his alma mater, Absegami High School in Galloway, NJ. Aligning with his future career goal of becoming a guidance counselor, he was able to obtain an internship in the school’s guidance office. A typical day for Andrew consisted of assisting each of the five guidance counselors and attending meetings. Towards the end of his internship, Andrew observed class scheduling meetings that the counselors had with students and their families. His favorite aspect of the experience was being able to interact with the students and helping them by giving advice or information within their counselor meetings. The most challenging part was working with the students on his own.
Andrew feels that this opportunity provided him with new skills and improvement upon old ones, including good communication and interpersonal skills. He learned how to present information in a collaborative meeting, as well. These skills will certainly benefit him in his future career.
Who I Met that Made a Difference
Every one of the five counselors and supervisors had an impact on Andrew’s experience since they gave him a lot of advice for his future career goals and endeavors. “I was able to see various styles of counseling that I may be able to utilize in the future through further analyzation of my own skills and preferences,” adds the junior.
Andrew feels more prepared for the working world after interning at Absegami High School, and for graduate school and a possible career in guidance counseling after Ursinus. He learned the behind-the-scenes activities that go on besides counseling students and the steps he needs to take after Ursinus to get into the field. According to Andrew, the connections he made at his high school are very important since he could see himself one day working within the school district.
The Coolest Part of the Experience
“The coolest part of the experience was being able to do my own personal counseling with a student all by myself. I served as a ‘mentor’ to this student since I was closer to his age, but was still a superior to him. I was able to connect with him on a level that no one else in the building had previously been able to do.”
Andrew advises to do an internship that is relevant to your career interests and he would recommend this internship to anyone considering working in school counseling.