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Featuring Camille Taylor '13

 

 

Internship: Military Extension Internship Program

Location: Fort Hood, TX (Army Installation)

Certification: Elementary (K-6)

(Profiled: June 2014)

 

How did you connect with this job opportunity?

What attracted you to this position?

What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

 

How did you connect with this job opportunity?

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.

 
What attracted you to this position?

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 seemed perfect!


What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

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!


What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

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.  Keep trying!

 

 

 

 

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Maintained By: Deb Snyder | Last Updated: August 2014