By Shania Kuo
Internships are a vital step in gaining experience in a student’s desired field. In the small town of Oyster Bay, it can be difficult to find these opportunities. However, Oyster Bay’s Youth and Family Counseling Agency (YFCA) is providing students grades 10 and up with the opportunity to gain an internship.
The YFCA is an agency that provides numerous social services to the community. Some of the services include providing childcare for busy parents and providing mental and emotional counseling. If families cannot afford services, the agency will find ways for them to receive affordable access. The agency believes that financial cost should never be a deterrent for getting help.
The internship the YFCA offers focuses on website management and advertising. Currently, technology reigns supreme. Kids spend hours on their phones, surfing the Internet and social media, so it’s good for students to use social media for other services. Technology is utilized in a myriad of fields; there are few career paths that don’t benefit from the use of the Internet or social media, and having this experience is great for building up a student’s resume.
However, students who participate in the internship should be passionate about helping the YFCA and not just in it for the money or the resume building. Students need to be willing to engender new ideas and dedicate their time to creating the best content. This internship offers amazing opportunities close to home, but students must be willing to improve YFCA as well.
For more information, please see our school social worker, Mr. Brown. Applications are available on yfcaoysterbay.org for those who are interested in applying.