Each semester more and more interns pass through the halls of Cherry Hall. Being an intern is a great opportunity not only to the student, but also to get in some networking for your resume. Remember that internships are always available each semester so even if you didn’t make the April 9th deadline for this upcoming Fall 2014 semester, there’s always next time!
This semester one of our interns is Kaycee Hill. Kaycee is a Senior here at WKU, and her major is English Literature. She is currently a ENG 299 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Dr. Hollyfield.
What kind of responsibilities do you have?
Provide feedback on course structure and syllabus, recruit guest speakers, mentor students outside of class in office hours, organize student presentation schedules, assisting in grading, teaching class occasionally.
Why did you choose to be an English 299: Teaching Assistant Intern?
I hope to attend graduate school, where I will work as a graduate teaching assistant. This internship allows me to gain experience that is directly related to my success at the next level.
What did you expect going into this internship, and has it met or surpassed those expectations?
I talked a lot with the previous English 299 T.A., so I knew what to expect. Trying to balance the wide range of responsibilities was a little overwhelming at first, but now that I’ve settled in, I like the dynamic nature of the class. The students make my job fun, which helps keep me motivated.
Do you think it will be a beneficial experience?
This internship has been valuable for me so far because I have a more realistic view of what goes into teaching. I have developed skills that other students only practice after graduation, when there is more pressure to succeed. I’m lucky to have this opportunity.
Have you encountered any situations that you didn’t know how to handle?
I wouldn’t say that I have a perfect record in “situation” handling, but I have never been totally in the dark about what steps to take or where to go for guidance.
What advice would you give to current or future interns?
Talk and listen. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Use your support systems when the internship gets stressful. Establish good working relationships with your professor, your students, and the last person who held your position. All of these people have something to teach you, and part of your job as an intern is to pay attention to the experience.