Last summer, Grace Sherbin was a JOIN intern at JARC, where she interacted with new friends like Julie.

Grace Sherbin had the opportunity to intern at JARC last summer which provided her with meaningful learning experiences.

Featured photo courtesy of JARC

By Grace Sherbin, jewish@edu writer

Last summer, as part of the Jeanette and Oscar Cook JOIN program, I interned at JARC. The first day I walked into the JARC office, I immediately felt welcomed and knew I would have a great summer. JARC gave me the chance to grow and build meaningful relationships in and out of the office.

The JOIN program, run through JVS Human Services, provides the opportunity for college students to participate in meaningful work experience over the summer at various Detroit Jewish agencies. All interns are paid during their internships.

The team at JARC and their belief in me helped me gain confidence and learn what it takes to be successful in an office setting. I learned about being a team player, an organizer and a more assertive worker. The task of building a robust volunteer database was a big part of my job. I also kickstarted the creation of an updated volunteer handbook. The skills I learned in the JARC office provided me an excellent foundation for my future in the workforce.

As well as working in the office, my internship included interacting with many of the people JARC serves. I planned and attended JARC barbeques, Shabbat dinners and volunteer programs. One of my favorite events I helped plan was the JOIN barbeque. My friends, also part of the JOIN program, came to one of the JARC homes and got to meet many of the amazing people JARC serves. We played Bingo, ate dinner, danced and sang.

Each week I went to JARC’s Triple R program at the Pitt home. Triple R stands for relationships, relaxation and recreation. This smaller group setting allowed me to connect deeply with people who JARC serves. When we went on outings, I was able to converse one-on-one with individuals. I asked about their interests and they reciprocated. My time at Triple R made my internship meaningful and aided my decision for my future career.

The people JARC serves welcomed me so warmly, accepted me unconditionally and deepened my sense of inclusion. The participants of Triple R were as excited to see me each week as I was to see them. I felt as though I gained their trust and made them feel loved as they did for me.

I could not have been placed at a better Jewish agency. My summer at JARC enhanced my communication skills, overall confidence and office etiquette. The time I spent with the people who JARC serves showed me what an amazing organization JARC is and how incredible the people JARC serves are. They all were role models to me.

Grace Sherbin of Birmingham is a student at the University of Michigan. Interested in being a JOIN paid intern for summer 2020? Applications are being accepted Dec. 1 through Jan. 31, 2020. All are paid internships. For details, contact Natalie DuBois, or (248) 233-4231 at JVS Human Services.

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