Student Internship Stories: Neekita Bajaj (SAR ‘23), Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey 

CCD: Tell us about your experience. What were your responsibilities?

NB: Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey (GSNNJ) is a non-profit organization that believes in the power of G.I.R.L.S (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders), and offers every girl the opportunity to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. Jockey Hollow Girl Scout Camp is a day camp that exists within GSNNJ. During my time at Jockey Hollow, I worked as their COVID Specialist Intern. When the camp session started, I was responsible for a plethora of tasks. I was in charge of monitoring the symptom-screening process that I had implemented. I assisted with parent transport by taking campers’ temperatures and ensuring that whoever was dropping them off answered “no” to our COVID questionnaire. Additionally, I would walk the camp property multiple times a day to ensure all of our COVID policies were being followed. At camp, we use a software called Procare to keep track of the campers at Jockey Hollow. I was solely responsible for managing this system, inputting the campers for each session, and making sure that their parents were able to sign up successfully.

CCD: How did you get the opportunity? What resources at BU or elsewhere did you use?

NB: When doing my internship search, I used the web and Indeed to look at opportunities for me. The most helpful in securing the internship was the interview process.

CCD: What was the best thing about the experience? What was the worst?

NB: Thinking back, I would say that training was the hardest part of my internship, as I wanted to make sure that everything was communicated both clearly and effectively to ensure that everyone could have a happy and safe summer. However, I would always look forward to going to camp. I have never worked with such kind people before, and every day in the office, or “Old Cabin”, as we would call it, was one to remember. I could not think of a better way to have spent my summer; I was doing what I loved at a place that I will always remember fondly.

CCD: What was the most memorable moment of your experience?

NB: I had the opportunity to assist with a health inspection from the state of New Jersey. Although it was a hectic time, I will never forget that experience as it taught me so much about different careers in public health, and more importantly, it made me feel more confident in my skills and all of the preventative work that I had done. 

CCD: What is the biggest takeaway from your internship position?

NB: This internship was my first “real-world” experience working in my desired field. I truthfully never expected to enjoy interning there as much as I did. I was expecting each day to be the same, but every day was different from the other. Every day I got to meet new campers, talk to different parents, and apply my problem-solving skills to different situations. Working at Jockey Hollow was equally challenging as it was fun, and I think that is the perfect balance to have in the workplace. 

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