This summer, Centre College’s Maggie McLain ’19 (Louisville, Kentucky) is interning with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Clarksville, Tennessee.
A nation-wide mentor network between adult volunteers and children ages 6 through young adulthood, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America works to develop positive and meaningful relationships that have a lasting effect on the lives of young people.
“I wanted to do this particular internship, because I’m interested in social work and nonprofit work and thought this would be a great opportunity to gain insight and experience in these fields,” McLain said.
Working in a small office of three, including herself, McLain is able to stay busy and gain the experience she needs.
“I’m responsible for a wide range of tasks, such as answering the phones, entering data, informing parents and volunteers about the program, leading parent and volunteer training and orientation sessions and sitting in on match meetings between newly paired ‘bigs and littles,’” she explained.
As an anthropology and sociology major, a number of her classes over the years have helped prepare her for this opportunity.
“My knowledge of case management, racial inequality and poverty that I’ve learned through classes I’ve taken at Centre has definitely helped me succeed in this internship,” she concluded. “I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to learn more about this line of work and whether I want to pursue it as a career after graduation.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
June 27, 2018