“Working with children in Baltimore City recreation centers has been such a great experience. Every day is a fun challenge working with children and trying to get them to excited about what we are trying to teach them. Also, knowing that the nutrition education we are providing could help one children improve their health is great. Being able to influence children at an early age makes it easier for health changes to happen and I love that I can help be a part of that.”
Majors: Psychology and Sociology
Internship Site: University of Maryland Extension Office/ Recreation Centers in Baltimore City
Location: Baltimore, MD
Title: Summer Nutrition Assistant Intern
Position Description: In my internship, I travel to various recreation centers throughout Baltimore City to educate children between the ages of 7 and 12 in better nutrition. I work as an assistant to the educator and facilitate the physical activities. I visit 8 locations a week for 3 weeks, teaching them healthy beverages, healthy snacks, and healthy breakfasts. I will then be assigned 8 additional locations to go to for another 3 weeks, teaching the same lessons.
What are the benefits of participating in an internship, co-op, service-learning or research experience?
I have benefitted from this internship in numerous ways. I have gotten to work with inner city children and make a difference in their lives. Helping children to learn better nutrition habits can dramatically improve their lives. Also, the children have positive energy that is always fun to work with. Finally, a lot of my work in the psychology department has been surrounded around children. Working first hand with children provides me with a deeper insight in what I am working on.