I am currently on day three of my internship in Happy Valley Goose Bay up in Newfoundland, Canada. I’m doing research on fisheries policy, which basically consists of me reading documents and synthesizing them into nice timelines that hopefully indicate particular things causing the beginning and end of fisheries as well as its effect on people. While looking for an internship, I particularly wanted to find one where I can gain further experience in social science research, which is (as of right now) what my career plan consists of. Moreover, I wanted to go internationally and participate in a different experience, and I have definitely found that here.
I’m not sure I really have a more concrete goal other than that I want to do a good job. I want to leave this internship with the organization being happy that they decided to have me for two months. As I touched upon earlier, I also hope to develop my research skills and gain more real world experience. But I also hope to grow as a person while I’m out here in the middle of nowhere. I was born and raised in Ann Arbor and I obviously attend UM, so I clearly have not ventured far from home up to this point. So while yes, the work is important and is a big part of what drew me here, but I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t also driven by the feeling of the need to grow up a little more.
That being said, I’ve been unsurprisingly homesick. However, everyone here is incredibly nice and the other UM interns are great as well. I also found a gym that recently opened up within walking distance to my residence so I’m looking forward to getting back in a familiar routine. In terms of my actual internship, I expect I’ll mess up somewhere along the line (first time doing a research type fulltime job and I don’t know a whole lot about fisheries yet), which will probably stress me out a lot. I just hope that when these challenges present themselves I can keep some things in perspective.