Monthly Archives: June 2015

Khadijah Dixon Internship at Philadelphia Juvenile Probation Office

My I.D badge that does not open doors but very helpful.

My I.D badge that does not open doors but very helpful.

On the days that I attend my internship, it mostly contains of me being at my desk but the people I get to talk to on a daily basis are the kindest people I have ever met. Although I only see them for a few minutes during the days that I am there, they always keep a smile on my face and always ask either how my day is going or ask about my experiences up until that point. That in return always put a smile on my face and continues to motivate me throughout the day.

Four days a week I walk in the family court house around 9am (sometimes 8:30), say good morning to the security guard and I walk down to the last metal detector with my student intern I.D., which looks very similar to the other employees I.D’s expect ours do not open doors. After the metal detectors, I proceed to the elevators. At times there is a line and everyone, from employees to clients, just waits around until an opening on the elevator opens. Often times it is a fast process. Once on the elevator, I push the button to go to floor 9. When I reach my floor, the security guards mostly know who I am and they let me back to where the desk are. Once at my desk, I check my email and then go to talk to my supervisor about how many referrals we have to do. At times she has most of the packets done and I would finish them by sending an email for the education records and by doing the cover pages.(Yes I have a government email) After I pick up the education records and put them with their appropriate packets, I deliver them to community behavioral health. Sometimes they give me evaluations to input in one of our systems and then deliver them to the parole officers.

The information from my tranining sessions

The information from my tranining sessions

After delivering them to the parole officers, I help my supervisor with the random moments, which are papers that are sent to probation officers to find out what they are doing at random moments. At times the papers can ask the parole officers what they are doing at 10:03 am. Then I do family service plans, which gives the information about a child who has been committed to an institution. This is what I do on a daily basis. Occasionally I get to attend workshops. Thus far I have attended two. The first was a session on Autism Awareness and the second one was on a facility that helps youth who have committed sexual offenses. They both were interesting. I think the most interesting thing I observed was how in each session the parole officers asked questions that they knew would help them understand how to help the child better.

My supervisor is a parole officer who has been with the city for over 25 years. She has trained me in all of the systems and she has given me her badge most of the time to get past the doors. She also has shown me around to the building and also where the stairs are so I do not have to wait for the elevator to go down one floor. She will be retiring in July and it will be sad to see her leave. Reflecting back on my past experiences I have done, everything from being professional and all of my typing experiences has prepared me for this internship.

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Week Due: Intern Abroad, Novafeltria, Italy- Autumn Galka

Week Due:

It’s been a very busy week and a half. Most of the present week has consisted of fittings with the Singers and fixing any fitting notes. Many sewing projects were completed, but also I was presented with collaboratively designing a look for Elvira in L’Italiana in Algeri. I essentially converted a modern prom gown into something an Algerian woman would wear. I added a jewel-toned jacket with gold trim and a sash.

Tuesday evening I had a brand new cultural experience. It was Le Notte Di Cento Cantini, here in Novafeltria. Le Notte translates roughly to “The Night of the Hundred Basins. “ The event essentially celebrates the summer solstice. Vendors sold flower petals to place in a basin in the moonlight. In the morning you’d wash your face with the water and become beautiful.

10150729_10153480521924224_1393688081826722220_n            The whole night was an enigma to me. I wasn’t really sure why they were celebrating the evening, so I looked up the whole reasoning behind the evening. Via Altarimini.it, I found a synopsis of the legend surrounding the evening, “The Lord of Maiolo on the night of June 23, 1700, invited the elders and villagers to his palace to celebrate the wedding of the daughter Harmony, with toasts and dancing. Many brought gifts to the palace. The dance held an atmosphere of serene joy, when a young witch made ​​his way through the door and presented a gift to the bride. The gift was a dress, that was, unbeknownst to everyone, tainted by every vice.19999_10153480521799224_2612683342454812690_n The dance held joy, but after the dress was donned they became degenerates. Soon lewd behavior broke out. People began stripping their clothes and remained naked to until dawn. They did an unbridled dance Angelico, the dance opened the imagination of demons. The divine punishment was immediate. The top of castelllo was clouded by a storm horde and the mouth of the sky opened exposing water, thunder, lightning and thunderbolts. The entire scales landslide and collapsed into the bowels of the earth. Only two towers remain upright mutilated there on the Rock, as you can still see evidence of the destruction in the Montefeltro.”

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All the Interns

Overall, a very interesting tradition to observe and very different than the traditions we have in America.

We had a day off on Sunday and we decided to climb the mountain, Maioletto.11406751_10207153642749412_7437607374990787005_o

It was an extraordinary view. It was quite the climb but worth every moment.

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I’ve realized I have grown sick of pizza and pasta. I don’t know how Italians do it. Gelato, however, never grows old. As Americans, our Technical Crew (Set Designer, Props Intern, Myself and Fellow Costume Intern, Costume Shop Manager, Technical Director and Lighting Designer) all plan to celebrate the Fourth of July here, calling it ‘Fourth of Gelato’ and it shall also be an interesting experience.

Autumn Galka, Intern Abroad- Novafeltria, Italy

“Affogato di Nocciola” is not something really profound in Italian; it’s just Hazelnut Gelato with a shot of espresso Espresso poured over it, however, it is still profoundly delicious.

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This summer I have the wonderful fortune to have an internship in Novafeltria, Italy. Novafeltria is on the Eastern side of Italy in the Province of Rimini. The internship position is with an American company, La Musica Lirica that comes to Novafeltria each year to put on three operas with students from the United States and Canada. This year, the operas are Madama Butterfly, L’Italiana in Algeri and Gianni Schicchi. Luckily for myself, everyone speaks English within the company! I am one of the two costume technician interns for the company.

Myself

Myself

My job requires me to fit, alter and stitch costumes as needed. We’ve only been here for five days and we’ve already made nine pairs of harem pants, the corresponding shirts and fit almost all 15 kimonos for Madama Butterfly. For said Kimonos, I’ve learned to tie an Obi, a harder task than it seems. There is also a local Italian intern working in the costume shop with us. Her name is Gloria and she’s an amazing sport at putting up with us asking her how to say various phrases in Italian.

Aside from the job, Italy is amazing, particularly the food. The pasta! The pasta alone deserves its own post! Gelato is quite incredible as well. I’m not entirely sold on the pizza, it’s quite thin compared to that made in America. Here they also eat pizza with a fork and knife. It’s a clear sign you are American if you pick up your pizza.

View From my Apartment

View From my Apartment

Overall, a successful few day in Italy and hopefully I’ll pick up some of the language; my fingers are crossed!

Alexis Jenofsky, Summer ACRE

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Left, David Tanner… Right, ME! Alexis

Hi there!

I am super excited to be back and blogging! I am even more excited to share with you my new ACRE project.

This summer I have partnered up with David Tanner on a project entitled Marry Me: A CFA and Audience Engagement. This is Albright’s first ever Arts Administration ACRE… which is SUPER EXCITING.

Back in the summer of 2014, I completed my first ACRE “Drama Therapy: A Different way of Theatre” with Professor Julia Matthews, and Student Madeline Sedler. This was an ACRE that focused more on practice, and different theatre techniques to make theatre a therapeutic outlet. It was a lot of fun, and I took a lot away from it. My ACRE experience was so positive that I had thoughts about doing it again.

During one of my meetings with my advisor David Tanner, I brought up the idea of an Arts Administration project. Right away he was fully invested in the idea and wanted to make it happen. We set up meetings and just talked until we finally got a project topic that we were both interested in.

This was David’s first ever ACRE, so right from the beginning I walked us both through the proposal process. It was a lot of fun working with David on this process, because not only did I teach him a lot but he taught me a heck of a lot in one sitting!

We are now two weeks into our project, and have been reading A LOT!!!!! I cannot wait to share some of my readings with you all… but till then… you must wait! Muwahahaha!

Khadijah Dixon Internship at Philadephia Juvenile Probation

The new family court, which is where my office is.

The new family court, which is where my office is.

The desk that I work at.

The desk that I work at.

Me at my desk just taking a random picture.

Me at my desk just taking a random picture.

“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” A quote by Bo Jackson, an American athlete, gives insight to how I plan to achieve my many goals. I am happy to say that I achieved one of them by receiving an internship from the Philadelphia Juvenile Probation Office. I had always dreamed of receiving a government internship. When I received the position, I was ecstatic. Completing a government internship/job, in my opinion, has always given one an advantage because one can see firsthand how a certain sector of the city’s offices operate. In my case, I am able to see how the juvenile probation department operates. The sector that I work in does behavioral evaluation referrals. Although this work mainly takes place at my desk, I get to travel and meet probation officers in the different districts. Also I talk to people in the education department and as well as people in community behavioral health.

In order to get this internship, it did require a lot of preparation. Thanks to the staff at the Experiential Learning and Career Development Center, they helped make my dream a reality. Karen Rieker helped me with my resume and cover letter to make sure it was understandable for my supervisor. She helped me remain optimistic and always gave kind words. While working at the center thanks to all the training and projects that I was given, it is truly helping me with my internship, especially dealing with sensitive information. My internship is similar to my job because it is not only the teen’s personal information, but at times their parents as well. But working at the ELCDC has definitely prepared me for this milestone in my life.

Although I did not have a formal interview, when I first went there for my orientation I was very nervous because I had not been through metal detectors in a long time. Also while waiting, I was not sure what to expect. But after talking to my supervisor, Catherine, I felt better and was ready to begin to work in the new building. I filled out all the necessary paper work, agreed to a background check and by Friday I began my first day on May 29th.