The Schuler Program equips bright, motivated youth with the support they need to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. Writing from thirteen schools located in the greater Chicago area in Lake and Cook Counties of Illinois, scholars reflect on their academic experiences, cultural exposures, college applications processes, and more.
My Summer Internship Experience with the Schuler Scholar Program
by Brenda Uribe, Round Lake High School Class of 2011,
Denison University Class of 2015
The 2013 Summer Interns at their farewell luncheon. Thanks for all your hard work!
Brenda Uribe was a
Schuler summer intern in 2013, along with Ed Ciobanu, Melissa Larson and Kevin
Vargas. She wrote this reflection after finishing her eight-week internship.
After two years in college, even though I was living away
from home, studying complex material, and holding a part-time job, I still felt
like I was not a “real adult.” Many things stayed the same after high school
graduation: I didn’t cook my daily meals, I didn’t clean the bathroom (I did
clean my room!), and my primary priority was school. This summer has changed
that. As a rising junior at Denison
University I can say that I feel like an adult (or closer to one than before). What
happened this summer that helped my transformation? The Schuler Scholar Program
(SSP) Summer Internship!
I applied for the internship because I wanted to learn
about nonprofit organizations. I also wanted to stay connected to the Schuler
Program, and I wanted to give back to the program for the opportunities it has
On the first day of work, I met the other interns Melissa
Larson (Macalester College, ‘15), Kevin Vargas (Yale University, ‘14), and Eduard
Ciobanu (Williams College ‘15). As SSP interns we were given a personal cubicle
at the central Schuler office in Stericycle as well as a work laptop to use for
the summer. The atmosphere was professional since I was not only surrounded by
Schuler staff but Stericycle workers as well.
Throughout the summer I worked on various projects that allowed
me to learn professional skills for both school and future job opportunities.
One of my first tasks was to connect with students from the Waukegan class of
2013 to have a coffee chat and discuss college topics, answer questions, and
speak about my personal college experience. I also traveled to Maine East High School and
Waukegan High School to help the Schuler staff with paperwork and
administrative tasks. In addition, I was able to speak to the new Schuler class
at Collins Academy High School about my experience with the Schuler Program and
college. I managed my own summer reading session with the Warren sophomore Scholars
to help them prepare for their English class. I also participated in helping
lead a Spanish parent panel for the recently graduated class of 2013. Throughout
the summer I managed various tasks that helped me get a fuller understanding of
the Schuler Program as it continues to grow.
The assignment that was most fulfilling for me was a
collaborative project with my fellow intern Kevin. Together, we created a lesson
plan about sexual assault awareness for the Transition to College STEP. The
project took a lot of time and dedication since we had to design a lesson plan
that would be taught to high school seniors. The lesson plan had a variety of
topics and assignments we wanted Scholars to understand. We focused on
vocabulary, analyzing media, discussing current cases, bystander intervention,
and providing resources.
about sexual assault is something I am passionate about. Working at the Center
for Women and Gender Action at Denison University has allowed me to gain a lot
of experience: I have researched topics, designed bulletin boards, and
organized programs about sexual assault. The resources that we have at the
center have also allowed me to gain a greater understanding because we have
books, movies, brochures, and magazines specifically about sexual assault.
Having previously worked at the center allowed me to give a richer input on the
lesson plan and helped me to work efficiently in the office.
I learned a lot of valuable information from the Schuler
internship that I will use throughout college and my professional life. I
practiced networking skills, I acquired essential skills for working in an
office, and I traveled throughout the Chicago-land area.
Some of the
highlights of my internship experience include:
·Planning an exposure to the Field Museum for
Round Lake Scholars.
·Having a one-on-one individual meeting with Jack
·Getting to know the Schuler staff from the main
office and having informational meetings with them. (They are very friendly!)
·Traveling to different partnership high schools
and getting to know the Scholars and staff.