Morristown, N.J. (January 6, 2016) – An internship can change the way a student looks at the world. For Natalie Bratash, '17, an internship at the Jersey Battered Women's Service in Morris County was a way to develop skills, gain experience, and become involved in a service that helps women and children in need.
With help from her CSE advisor, Natalie successfully landed the internship at the shelter, a domestic violence prevention agency, and began to learn through hands-on experience.
"At first I was a bit nervous, but excited to learn," said Natalie, a Springfield, N.J., resident.
She is a psychology major and sociology minor, with plans to become a child psychologist. So, being around children at the shelter was a great way to further her knowledge and develop the skills needed to deal with difficult situations. Her time spent at the shelter has proven invaluable.
"I have learned that you have to be strong when dealing with the domestic abuse population, and that you need to work on different techniques to help people feel comfortable enough to open up to you," she said.
On balancing college coursework with the internship, Natalie had no problems.
"My job understood that school comes first," she said, and was able to schedule her hours at night in order to manage all of her classes and homework.
The other volunteers at the shelter were very understanding of her schedule and wanted to do anything they could in order to help Natalie take advantage of such an opportunity.
"Now, when I go in to work, I am not nervous, but excited to see the children," Natalie said. "The organization truly cares about the women, children, and staff and making their lives brighter in the future."