Gayle Rabare was an intern with The Regional Internship Center on the summer of 2010. Gayle came to the RIC through a Pittsburgh internships program with the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation (BGC). The BGC places students within local internship opportunities to gain work experience. Gayle talks about her experience.
There are different levels of knowledge that one gains. There’s gained knowledge that makes one say, “Well that’s an interesting thing to know”, or “Wow that’s a very useful thing to know.” So far at Coro Pittsburgh and the Regional Internship Center I have been able to obtain knowledge that is both interesting and useful.
My work at the RIC has mainly consisted of looking up information on businesses and organizations to determine if those businesses want to establish internship opportunities for students. For one of my most recent projects I looked up businesses in southwestern PA, learned which sector they belonged to and developed a spreadsheet.
While putting data into spreadsheets is something that has been quite familiar to me I found that I was able to gain a lot of insight with this specific project. Since I was spending so much time on this particular project was able to educate myself on the different sectors of businesses. By doing this I was able to learn more about the non-profit sector and how there are different types of non-profits such as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, like Coro Pittsburgh.
I was also able to learn about many different businesses and organizations that I had never heard of or ones that I had heard of but never knew much about. For instance, I had always known of Goodwill but I never knew that Goodwill was a non-profit and that revenue goes toward funding training programs and career services to provide work experience for people with physical and mental disabilities.
I also started working with social media by posting different local events and available Pittsburgh internships online through a website called hootsuite. This website enabled me to post information on twitter and facebook simultaneously.
It seems that no matter what I do there will always be opportunities for me to obtain new knowledge and work experience. Whether I’m looking up information for spreadsheets or posting upcoming events and internship opportunities online I have been able to learn something new from the projects I’ve done so far at the RIC.