While earning our degrees (2007), Chris and I (Chrisy) met in a long-term care policy class. Both of us were conducting research on the assisted living care option for our thesis project. Ongoing, we shared our concerns about how little information was available on this long-term care option and individual facilities. But, it was not until we began reviewing the state's public files that we truly understood the scope of the problem and became motivated to do something.
With this inspiration in mind, CARR developed an internship program. For the last 3 years, CARR has provided a unique internship experience that allows students to learn about assisted living through the lens of the public document. Having worked and volunteered in facilities myself, this is truly a perspective that imparts more than a familiarity with resident needs and standard operations (though interns learn that too). Our interns come from various academic backgrounds (i.e. gerontology, social work, public health, criminal justice) but all are interested in making a difference in the world of senior care, and all leave more motivated than when they first came.
CARR will be featuring our interns and their personal comments over the next few months to thank them for their commitment to our mission and their hard work. If you want to learn more about an opportunity with CARR, contact us (619) 795-2165 or via firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
MATTHEW M., San Diego State University, Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice writes:
Upon obtaining my Bachelors in Criminal Justice, I plan to pursue a career in Law Enforcement and Investigations, while also becoming an Officer in the US Military.
My internship with CARR helped me strengthen my investigation and research skills; as well as, improve my knowledge of computer programs, data entry and thesis work. My work with the public documents required that I harvest and analyze data. This trained me to mine data specific to CARR’s advocacy efforts. Meanwhile, I gained experience with Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets and SPSS. As part of my last assignment at CARR, I was asked to draft a thesis based on all the research I had collected. In this rough draft thesis, I aimed to measure the effectiveness of state regulations on Assisted Living Homes.
I also attended community outreach events with CARR. These opportunities helped me understand how local programs work together to help the San Diego population. The interactions with fellow professionals and advocates helped strengthen my interpersonal and communication skills. Most importantly, I am now more confident in my ability to work with professionals.
Overall, the knowledge and skills I acquired during the CARR internship contributed to the skill set I now hold. Executive Director, Chris Murphy, is a hard-working, passionate leader who continues to be an inspiration. Her constant push to dig deeper and find the honest facts made this internship experience priceless.
MICAH WROTEN, San Diego State University, pursing a B.A. in Gerontology and Minor in LGBT Studies writes:
"Working at CARR has been a rewarding experience. It provided me with a space where my skills, beliefs, and knowledge were valued and utilized. The internship allowed me to gain perspective on where and how I would like to focus my future career goals. I have been constantly encouraged to work towards meeting the goals I have set with positive and critical feedback, and with praises for exceptional work. This internship was directly relevant to my course work for Gerontology and gave me real world experience and insights. CARR has also groomed some of my professional skills so that I am prepared to enter the workforce as a well rounded candidate. CARR also taught me the valuable skill of maintaining awareness and an analytical mindset. I think this will allow me to have a more focused career path, one that keeps me honest and brings integrity to my community."
"Professionally, I anticipate pursuing a career that improves the lives of individuals, mainly older adults, on a macro level. This may take shape in the form of a political career where I can influence laws that directly affect the lives of many."