At the beginning of my internship I was very unsure on many aspects. I was unsure of how this would work with my schedule, how I would be able to learn new skills through a historical memorial, and how I would be able to engage in a new era of history I had not previously focused on. I found that all of these doubts were disproved by my first week interning at the the memorial. With the help of my supervisor Maggie and many other individuals I was able to learn and improve various skills. I was able to learn how to make a lesson plan and how to doctor it to the various levels of school groups I presented to. I was able to work on my own to create this lesson plan to meet educational requirements, and while that was hard in the beginning I learned from it and learned to also enjoy it.
My internship also gave me the chance to improve my communication skills as well. Prior to my internship I was used to giving presentations to small groups or within my job as a Maroon Ambassador but with the help of the internship I learned how to project my voice and lectures to larger crowds. Through my internship I was able to engage with a variety of individuals from veterans to business owners and through this I learned how to improve my social and communication skills. Although I learned new skills I also found a new love for this era of history. Prior to my internship I was not interested or informed much on the effects of World War II on individuals or communities. Thanks to this opportunity I have found an interest and want to know more on the topic as well as have been honored with hearing personal stories from World War II veterans. Reflecting on my internship I would say that I was able to grow as an individual and further my skills to help me with my future career endeavors. If I had the opportunity I would do this internship again and recommend it to my peers. I am beyond excited to come back in June to be apart of the 75th D-Day commemoration.