Oh, The Places You’ll Intern (or Work)!

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”


– Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!


Growing up, I had my favorite Dr. Seuss book, Hop on Pop. It was not until graduate school that I was exposed to Oh, The Places You’ll Go! I was babysitting for a friend and her child grabbed it off the shelf and begged me to read it. As I read it, I found it inspiring in a cheesy way and wished that someone had read it to me as a child.

Now that I am all grown up (sort of) and working here in the CDO, I am pleasantly surprised every single day by the various goals and aspirations of our students. We have students who want to go into nursing, run art museums, manage teams, work for the federal government, start nonprofits, work out in the field doing scientific research and everything in between. Students want to travel all over the world for internships, volunteer work, and jobs.

My job is to help them achieve those goals.

Much like the quote above, SPEA is equipping you with the know-how (brains in your head) to DO the things you want. You have feet or some other means of transport, and you really can steer yourself any direction you choose. Only you will decide where you will go, even if at times it seems like the current is sweeping you away and you have no choice in the matter.

There is just one thing that Dr. Seuss got wrong (sorry, Doc). You are NOT on your own. Your SPEA community is behind you. You have teachers, mentors, friends, colleagues, and advisers all here to help you out. Do not forget that as the chaos of spring semester begins to whip up around you. You are in control.

If you start to feel lost or overwhelmed by your job or internship search, reach out. Our team is here to help you navigate the waters. To make an appointment, you can log into http://www.speacareers.com or call our office at 812-855-9639.

Once you do get a job or internship, drop by the SPEA atrium to place a pin on our map (see picture above!). We would love to see where all our SPEA students are going when school lets out.


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