Rebecca Gaston

Expected Graduation Date: May 2013

Major: Social Work

Employer: Next Step Perception Program

Internship Title: Clinical Intern

Rebecca is Social Work major, a senior at Eastern Connecticut State University and since the Fall of 2012, an intern at the “Next Step Perception Program” here in Willimantic, CT. As an intern at this program she worked among a population that had dealt with the Department of Corrections, mental abuse, and substance abuse. While interning at the program, Rebecca took on a variety of tasks such as interviewing clients, develop recovery plans for clients, help clients develop proper social communication skills and much more. “This internship was a step outside of my comfort zone which made it challenging” says Rebecca. “She goes on to say “However after numerous interviews after numerous interviews this was the perfect internship to be a stepping stone towards my goals” Rebecca plans to go attend Graduate School. Afterwards she plans to continue to help those that suffer from mental and substance abuse.

To those who are planning to or currently seeking an internship Rebecca says to start early. The longer one waits, the more you hurt yourself in the end. Rebecca also says it is crucial to know where you want to be and to not be afraid to come out of your comfort zone. “An internship is a learning experience; not only about the real world but also yourself”

Story by: Reginald Boahene