Refugee Education Center Social Work Case Aide Intern
Employer: Refugee Education Center
Job Title: Social Work Case Aide Inter
Major: International Relations
Received Credit: Yes
Description of the Organization
The Refugee Education Center supports refugees in their journey to become fully participating members of the West Michigan community. They envision a thriving, multicultural West Michigan community where all have an opportunity to pursue a better future! It is a pretty small organization but they do a lot!
Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed
I did a variety of different things. I did a lot of paperwork, working on case files, going on home visits, learning how to work with interpreters, and a lot of other behind the scenes work.
Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience
I learned so much more about the refugee experience and the challenges they face when coming to the United States. I learned how to work with interpreters, manage case files, and meet with refugee families.
Favorite Part of the Experience
My favorite part was the hands on experience I got. I am not sure a lot of internships really allow you to be able to get this up close and personal with their work.
How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals
I just got into the Masters of Social Work program at GVSU so I am really excited to take what I learned here and apply it in my grad program.