Featuring Camille Taylor '13
Internship: Military Extension
(Profiled: June 2014)
Mrs. Deb Snyder, the education career services counselor, sent out an
informational e-mail about the Military Extension Internship Program to
recent graduates who were still on the job search.
At the time, I was living with my parents and substitute teaching in
several surrounding school districts.
I felt a strong desire to venture out into the world and
experience new opportunities!
I was attracted to the Military Extension Internship Program
because it involves both the military and education, two things I am
passionate about. I grew up
as a military child, as my father was an officer in the United States
Air Force. I have always
been interested in the military and military culture, and of course,
education! I thought this
was the perfect opportunity for me.
I had never been interested in doing internships before, but at
that point in my life, I was looking for a new and unique experience to
get me out of my comfort zone, and the Military Extension Internship
The most gratifying aspect of deciding to partake in the Military
Extension Internship Program is that it brought me all the way to Fort
Hood, Texas, the largest Army installation in the United States!
Never in a million years did I expect to be in Texas.
I figured I would stay around my hometown for many years.
But deep down, this is exactly what I want and need!
I love living in Texas and working on the Fort Hood base.
My internship was with US Army Child, Youth, and School Services.
Here I got to spend time at the 12 child care centers within Fort Hood, which included
Child Development Centers (ages 0-Kindergarten), School Age Centers
(grades 1-5), and Youth Centers (grades 6-12).
I also spent time with behind-the-scenes people seeing how this
huge program ran! I also got
to assist in planning a very large Military Child Celebration which
involved a toy giveaway of over 3,000 toys for the Month of the Military
Child in April. Overall, this
internship gave me a great, in-depth look at the quality child care the US
Army Child, Youth, and School Services provides.
I was able to meet so many new people each and every day and was
able to grow as an individual.
Throughout this internship, I knew I wanted to stay in Texas after
the 16 weeks of the internship concluded.
I applied to dozens of school districts and went to 2 job fairs.
I am so excited that I will be teaching First Grade at an
elementary school here in Fort Hood!
This internship was a stepping stone to get unique experience and
put me in the location where I will be teaching this coming fall!
Currently, I am working at a Youth Center in Fort Hood for the
summer. I am thrilled that
the Lord provided me with these opportunities and that everything has
fallen into place!
If you are in a rut, look for alternative experiences besides classroom
teaching! You can gain
beneficial skills and experiences through a multitude of other
opportunities, such as the Military Extension Internship Program.
I would also suggest extending your job search to different and new
locations! Certain areas may
not be hiring many teachers, or they may be flooded with thousands of
applicants. Try a new area
you are interested in and see what happens! Apply to many school districts
and keep on the lookout for job fairs.
I was one of 27 candidates out of 500 that were chosen to be
interviewed for the teaching position I got.
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