Kaitlyn Graham, B.A. Sociology, expected May 2018:
This past summer I had the wonderful opportunity of interning with Teach for America. I was an Operations Coordinator assisting and executing logistics for their Tulsa Institute, where Corps Members spent their summer training on how to be a teacher in school systems facing educational inequity. It was an incredible opportunity to gain real world experience while at the same time gaining insight into a major non-profit.
I spent my days working alongside the other interns who were from all over the country and who varied in ethnicity, social background, and sexual orientation. These people were incredible. They offered unique stories and perspectives on life. I specifically worked on the University Operations Team assisting with fiscal compliance between TU and Teach for America, communicating daily with TU Physical Plant, Corps Members on campus, other managers, and maintaining beneficial relationships between all parties involved. The internship helped me develop skills such as project management, execution, and data collection/analysis while also including sessions on professional development, networking, and diversity.
I could not have imagined a better summer. I made lifelong friends, gained professional skills, assisted the goals and mission of Teach for America, aided the children of Tulsa Public Schools, and had unimaginable amounts of fun.