This is Huiyao, a Hopkin student who worked at BJHSG (Baltimore Job Hunters Support Group) in the summer of 2021. I know that you’re about to begin your exciting journey here, and here are a few words about my experience and advice that might be useful for preparing yourself for the internship!
I have had a wonderful experience here working at BJHSG. This organization focuses on addressing the unemployment issue, while also works on the topic of workplace bullying. It takes a comprehensive and humanistic pathway in approaching these issues, meaning that a person’s health and wellbeing is the ultimate concern of whatever work we do, and we always aim at supporting and connecting people with all types of resources in order for them to achieve themselves wholistically (instead of just getting a job). Therefore, working at BJHSG would give you not only a deeper insight into unemployment and workplace bullying, but it would also enrich you with a precious way of thinking and doing that takes one’s physical, mental, and social wellbeing into consideration and values people’s self-actualization.
I wouldn’t want to spoil too much about the experience since it would always be the most thrilling and wonderful for you to dive in yourself. One thing I do want to assure you is that, although I don’t know if the pandemic has passed yet by the time you read this letter or if people are accommodating to the new norm of “Virtual Ever After”, fear not the experience would be compromised in any way. Your supervisor Janet is a super warm and witty lady who works hard and efficiently and is very amiable and adorable; she is so lovely to work with and to learn from. I did my internship fully virtually, and it only felt different but not suboptimal; with a distance, we explored more ways to connect with each other as colleagues and with our community as supporters. So, fear not the distance; distance expands new connection pathways.
Wish you a wonderful experience! Stay safe😊
All the best,
August 8th, 2021