New Orleans

New Orleans Intern: Jillian Mazure

Posted on September 5, 2014. Filed under: Career, Featured Intern, Internship, Michigan State University, New Orleans | Tags: , , , , , , |

Jillian Mazure, Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science major, learned about southern hospitality and the diverse culture of New Orleans during her summer 2014 internship at Kedila (one of our favorite internship sites!)

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Name: Jillian Mazure

Hometown: Burlington, Massachusetts

Major: IDS Community Governance and Advocacy

Graduation: May 2015

Internship Placement: Kedila Family Learning Services Teen Summer Camp

Internship Location: New Orleans

What were your primary responsibilities at your internship?

My primary responsibilities at my internship included making a newsletter every week to show what activities we provide for our campers. I was responsible for putting together orientation packets for the parents. Whenever we had disputes between campers or needed to discipline them, I helped make sure it was the appropriate punishment. I helped make sure campers were going to the right classrooms, signing in and out correctly and making sure they treated each other and the staff with respect.

What were some main projects you had worked on?

The weekly newsletter was my main project, but I was given the opportunity to learn how grants were written and proposed. I helped organize the 3rd of July BBQ by setting up games and activities for the campers to participate in. I also had to make sure that all our forms for the students were filled out correctly and organized. I ordered material in bulk for the teachers and arts and crafts activities.

What is one of the highlights of your internship?

A highlight of my internship was meeting all of my wonderful co-workers. They were so welcoming and made me feel at home, even when we were at work! Another highlight was our field trip to the Global Wildlife Center, and feeding the llamas, bison, and zebras.

Why should an MSU student apply to this internship program?

This internship program gave me the opportunity to experience a different culture in the United States. New Orleans is the definition of melting pot; you have the French Creole atmosphere everywhere, but can go down the block and try some of the best Thai food in the world. There are festivals every weekend and students will always have the opportunity to do something different every day. The people are some of the nicest, most welcoming people in the world; there is a reason we call it “Southern Hospitality.” I actually felt like I made a difference in the community and the community also had an impact on me. This internship changed the way I look at the rest of the United States and opened my eyes to all the opportunity around me.

If you are interested in an internship experience in New Orleans (one of the least expensive programs!) please visit or email for more information.

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New Orleans Intern: Jamie Jackson

Posted on September 5, 2014. Filed under: Career, College, Confidence, Featured Intern, Internship, Jobs, Michigan State University, New Orleans, Personal Growth, Social Work | Tags: , , , , |

The beginning of a new academic year brings the continuation of MSU Study Away Program Featured Intern series.

Meet Jamie Jackson who participated in MSU’s New Orleans program during the summer of 2014.

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Name: Jamie Jackson  

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Major: Psychology

Graduation: May 2015  

Internship Placement: Volunteers of America  

Internship Location: Metairie, LA  

What were your primary responsibilities at your internship? I worked with staff to develop a new initiative called the Family Economic Security Program and performed initial case assessments.

What were some main projects you had worked on? I developed a community resource guide and a “strengths- based” case assessment plan for the Family Economic Security program. Also, I have assisted in a grant application for the program.

How has your internship experience enhanced your academic and  career plans? My internship confirmed my career choice of social work as right for me, and I plan to apply to graduate programs for social work.

Why should an MSU student apply to this internship program? A MSU student should apply for this internship because they would gain a lot of skills and knowledge in a positive and motivated working environment. Not only would they gain a great experience with the city of New Orleans and its people, but they will also learn more about themselves!

If you would like to learn more about  these internship programs, please contact MSU’s College of Social Science Study Away Programs Office at 517-432-4541 or

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