A Letter From the Director
Dear Potential Colleague:
How serious are you about your career? Have you really thought about what you want to do? How much income you'll need? Will you be bored with your choice later? All good questions, but what are you doing about it right now? Yes, you're attending school -- obviously the first step. You may be completing an undergraduate degree, in the middle of a master's, or contemplating working on your doctorate, but what about that job? Today and every day that follows, the competition for a good job is the toughest it's ever been and it's only going to get more difficult in the future.
Certainly the first thing an employer looks at is education. Do you have a degree? There was a time when that's about all you needed to land a good position; however, today, it's different, education just says you're qualified. In fact, most job descriptions identify education as a minimum requirement. Today, employers want to know what else you bring them, and that's all about experience.
That high GPA that you maintained throughout school may have gotten you a scholarship or helped you get into graduate school. Today's employer isn't interested in grades, frankly, they assume that if you graduated from college, you're intelligent and you've done the basics. That alone is not enough. What else do you bring with you? What skills, talent, and experience do you have that will separate you from the competition?
Today's competition is tough, so what separates you from the competition is experience, but how do you get it? Certainly few employers will hire you with education alone, and here's the dilemma, you can't get a good job without experience and you can't get experience without a job. The answer: an internship, but not just any internship. In the human service field, an employer isn't going to be satisfied that you worked for a counseling agency, or county facility and shuffled papers. You need to impress a potential employer with what you've been exposed to, what you learned, and what you've accomplished. The more diverse the experience, the more you'll have to offer and the better your opportunity to land the job.
So as an employer, let me introduce you to the most diverse human service opportunity you can experience -- an internship with Outreach Concern, Inc. With Outreach Concern, you will receive over 150 hours of training, weekly group and individual supervision by leading experts, monthly seminars and workshops, and hands on experience working with a diverse caseload. Additionally, you'll liaison with school administrators, principals, teachers, county agencies, and a variety of experts in the counseling profession. You'll encounter experiences that private practitioners and community agencies have every day and learn to be comfortable and confident in dealing with them.
Nine months with Outreach Concern and you will have amassed experience with children, adolescents, parents, and families. Working in a primary or secondary school environment, you'll provide direct counseling services to a highly diverse population and deal with academic, social, and emotional disorders, divorce, remarriage, child abuse, and various other issues you've studied while in school. You'll augment your education by receiving training and clinical supervision that is unsurpassed in any agency, public or private. Your experience can change your life, assist you in getting into graduate school, gain hours towards licensure and raise your confidence and self-esteem. But, most importantly, you'll have something valuable to sell to an employer who'll be impressed with your skills.
Here's the bad news; you won't get paid! Our program is voluntary; we don't pay our interns. We provide training, supervision, and other support services, but no financial compensation. If you're wondering why you should come to Outreach Concern and invest a year of your life without financial compensation, the best reason is our history. Over the past 16 years, more than 3,000 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students have realized the value of this experience. They were willing to make an investment in their future that paid off.
If you're interested in a career in the human service profession, willing to invest the time in order to get the best training, supervision, and experience available, and become the most marketable commodity to a potential employer, contact us. It's just possible that you may qualify to be one of the 200 interns we hire each year. But only do so if you're willing to invest in your future... we already know, we are.
Fredrick Capaldi, Ph.D., M.F.T.