I see some student blogs about the Field Fair that was held last week which signals our official start to the internship search for next academic year. Since then, all of our current first year students and our incoming Advanced Standing students have started interviewing for next year’s internships. A few students have found a match but most are still setting up interviews and meeting potential supervisors. At the same time our incoming first year students have also started their search. It’s probably safe to say that it is a rare agency in Denver who is not interviewing students for next year’s internships. If you have decided to come to GSSW and have deposited then you should have heard from our field department about setting up a meeting with one of us. (If you deposited 45 seconds ago then it might be a day or two before you hear from us so hang tight).
Because this is the season for internship searching, we continue to partner with new agencies. Last week brought 10 new agencies to our attention, including clinical sites as well as community internships with some of the highest ranking MSWs in the state. This week we have several more new agencies to visit. When we are out in the community meeting with potential internship agencies, we are always reminded of the social work dedication that is out there in our agencies and organizations. Somebody (a lawyer) recently said to me that he thinks social workers are one of the few remaining groups of people who do things for the right reasons……..I think that is quite a compliment for our profession, don’t you?
While it is always exciting to partner with new agencies, it is also always a treat to see our current agencies at Field Fair. How we manage to fit almost 150 agencies into one place with all of our continuing students is an event-planning feat that could only be accomplished by Andy, our Field Program Administrator. It has come to our attention many times that we are the “Ann & Andy” show and we are often asked where our Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls are–not the most original joke but anyway…. This question took new meaning at the end of Field Fair when our colleague David Rossi took pictures of the field team for the GSSW archives. Included in these pictures, as you can see, are the newest members of the field team–Raggedy Ann & Andy. For the first pictures taken, Andy & I weren’t available so David used the dolls as “place holders” for us–I’m not sure what to think about that but nevertheless…David tells us that these were his dolls from his childhood and that he always was afraid of them. We have assured him that we all have family-of-origin issues to deal with and hopefully he can now begin to put his fear of dolls behind him–he didn’t sound too optimistic about this but we’ll see.
We are very serious about helping students in the internship search process but we also know that in social work, a little laughter goes a long way toward keeping us all going.
We’d love to have you stop by the field office if you are visiting GSSW. You will be greeted by the real Ann & Andy, as well as the rest of our team.