What is an internship?

Internship (n.) (in-turn-ship): An official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession.

1 - Annie


Have you seen The Intern starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway? Or The Internship with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson? I love watching movies because I get to learn from other people’s mistakes and experiences.

Before I started my first internship in college, I thought that all interns did was make copies, do lots of paperwork, and make coffee for the real staff (like Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect 2). Then, I actually worked my first internship. It looked great on my resume and I started to feel confident about myself. And I learned to make lasting connections that opened up doors later on in my life! Looking back, I wish I got a head start in high school, especially after hearing from the TRC’s CSLP interns about their experiences. I realized that not only can I learn from movies, I can also learn from the people around me!




Stories by CSLP Interns (2013-2015)

“I definitely hit a few personal milestones with CSLP. Public speaking in front of a large crowd was fun even if I messed up a bit. It was exhilarating!”

“I really liked how I was able to grow by being more of a leader and take part in my community. I remember during the American Liver Foundation Walk, I was coordinating the walk and getting the volunteers together, but I wasn’t exactly sure what to do and kept asking my supervisor for help. However, my supervisors told me that this was my event and I was to take charge. I definitely felt that after this first event, I felt more comfortable in the leadership position in the other events I coordinated.”2 - Lion Dancers

“I don’t think I am as socially awkward as I was from before the internship. Before the internship, I had low self-esteem. Now after the internship, I gained confidence with some help from my fellow interns, CSLP supervisors and TRC staff. Beside personal goals, CSLP has made me realize there are numerous issues in the community and fun but helpful programs like CSLP can try to make communities better. I would be proud to put CSLP on my resume.”

“I liked that it was a public health internship because I want to be a nurse in the future, and it was health related. I definitely feel that it really pushed me to help other people and work in the health field, when I grow up.“

“At my internship site, I attended many of the meetings and actually helped them organize some of their events and I realized how difficult it actually is to plan and coordinate large events. It kind of opened up my eyes a little bit.”

“I really loved working at my site! It was a really professional setting and at first, I wasn’t used to it because it was my first time working a professional setting. After a while, I got used to it and one thing that was really cool was that the staff included us in their staff meetings, so I was able to see how the organization worked and the projects. The staff were really nice – on my last day, they threw us an ice cream party!”

“I think that this whole summer and internship has really helped me realize my love of storytelling and I hope to carry that into my last year of high school and then college… I also really got into the interactions, interviews, and every aspect of the storytelling in the projects. So I’ll look for more chances to develop as a journalist, writer, and storyteller in the hopes that I can tell an amazing store in the future. CSLP helped me with so much.”

It’s not too late to apply!
Apply to CSLP (trc.cbwchc.org/engage/cslp) before Sunday, February 7th at 11:59PM.
Please ask Samantha Zhang (sazhang@cbwchc.org or 212-226-2044) for more information.