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SPAA Internship Spotlight: Jassiem Moore – College Achieve Central Charter School

Name: Jassiem Moore
Degree Program: Bachelor of Arts
Major: Public and Nonprofit Administration
Graduation Month/Year: May 2024
Name of Organization: College Achieve Central Charter School
Location of Internship: Plainfield, NJ
Title: Teacher Assistant/Administration Assistant

Summary of Responsibilities:
The variety of administrative activities as a high school teacher assistant adds to the well-being of the school community. From organizing schedules and handling conversations to carefully keeping student records, I've developed efficient communication and organizational skills. Assisting students, collaborating with faculty, and working with technology have all strengthened camaraderie and improved my digital ability. In handling sensitive material, I prioritize secrecy, and taking on special initiatives has allowed me to demonstrate my proactive attitude.

Favorite Aspect of Internship:
Making professional relationships with students and staff was my favorite part of the internship because each relationship is unique. The relationships I formed while interning were the highlight of my experience. Not only did they expand my professional network, but they also gave me a sense of belonging and connection to the company. I acquired tremendous insights, encouragement, and inspiration from these partnerships. I am appreciative for the opportunity to have been a part of such a supportive and vibrant group.

Career Goals:
My job ambitions as a public administrator are to serve the public and have a positive impact on society. I hope to address urgent social challenges, boost communities, and improve effective governance. I want to explore and develop answers to government problems and my objective is to grow into leadership positions within government agencies or public institutions.

How did the service-learning course help you navigate your internship responsibilities?
Professor Michael Dillard has been a substantially supportive mentor, helping to create a welcoming environment in class for students like myself. The Service-Learning Course provided career tools, such as assistance on job and internship issues. The training encouraged me to manage my internship effectively by defining goals and reflecting on my experiences.

What kind of skills did you learn during this internship?
As a high school teaching assistant, I gained valuable skills for personal and professional development, such as efficient communication, organizational skills, attention to detail, and customer service. My technological proficiency and collaboration with colleagues have improved my teamwork and problem-solving abilities. Handling sensitive material with discretion and flexibility in task management are also important parts of my job. Participating in event planning and taking the initiative on special projects help me feel like I'm making a difference in the school community.

Has your mentoring part of the internship been helpful in navigating your career goals?
The coaching I received throughout my internship was really beneficial in determining my career aspirations. It taught me important skills, supported personal growth, and gave me the confidence and knowledge I needed to excel in the field of education. My mentor's advice and encouragement have had a significant impact on my approach to teaching and dealing with students, and I am beyond thankful for such helpful mentorship.