Highlighting Hound – Isabelle Boyd

This week we are excited to highlight Isabelle Boyd, who is interning as a Classroom Support Assistant at Central Massachusetts Collaborative. Isabelle is a current Junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and Education. Read the interview below to learn more about Isabelle’s internship!

Describe a typical day as an intern. What are your day-to-day tasks and responsibilities?

What a typical day would include is working with the school psychologist to monitor IEP/504 plans alongside sitting in the classroom as the de-escalation person if conflict were to arise.

Describe any major projects or accomplishments you were involved in. What are you hoping to accomplish?

I was told by my site advisor that I would be responsible for running lunch bunch and other social circles to give students the opportunity to engage in conversation and meet like-minded students.

What are your career goals? How will this internship help you reach those goals?

My career goal is to become a school psychologist. By having this internship experience, it will allow for me to further broaden my knowledge on this career path as well as allow me the opportunity to apply what I have learned as a student in real time.

What skills do you hope to gain from this internship?

I hope to gain perspective! I am someone who finds great appreciation in perspective because it gives the chance to become more knowledgeable on concepts previously known or learning something completely new.

Why did you apply to this internship? What aspects of the position/company interested you?

I applied to this internship because it spoke to the career I am working towards. With looking into school counseling/psychology, it made sense for me to intern somewhere where I could gain that experience to be best prepared once I am done schooling.

How has your Assumption education prepared you for this internship?

Assumption has prepared me for this internship through the internship course. By having Professor Cirillo’s guidance, I have been able to confidently go into this internship feeling prepared and confident to begin!

What two skills have you gained in your internship?

With working at a therapeutic school, it is crucial to have both problem-solving skills and strong verbal communication. With the role I have, it is my responsibility to ensure students are feeling supported and heard when conflict arises. Having strong competencies in the skills mentioned helps me best support the students while also helping me shape my skills as a student and someone who is actively looking to take up a career in counseling.

What advice would you give to a student who wants to participate in an internship?

Go into something that you love! The more you love what you do, the more you appreciate gaining the experience!

Are you interested in being highlighted next? Email us at careerdevelopment@assumption.edu!

By Caitlin Sze
Caitlin Sze Graduate Assistant for Marketing, Communications & Event Management