"Field" Experience-An Internship at the Botanic Gardens
Metaphors aside—e.g. student “blossoms,” knowledge “grows,” college junior learns “every blooming thing” about visitor relations—Katherine Stackhouse ’10 of Chicago gained not only field experience during her summer internship at the Botanic Gardens, the business communication major also formed friendships with fellow workers and discovered God had a different plan for her experience than she had.
Several internships were available through the John H. Stroger, Jr. Internship Program, and although her top two choices were filled by others students, Stackhouse came to realize through her work in the Visitor Operations department that God had placed her in the job she would love most.
Whether stationed at an information booth or walking the many gardens, her main role was to answer questions for visitors. Her job as a “floater”-- filling in for other workers – gave her the opportunity to learn different responsibilities, interact with many of the 400 staff and 1,100 volunteers, and take in the scents and colors of the thousands of varieties of flowers and plants.
“I loved working outside and working with a variety of people,” said Stackhouse. “Every day was different. It was an amazing experience, and I was sad when the internship ended.”
Stackhouse learned of the internship through the College’s Office of Community Partnerships. Through that office, she has also been a recipient of an education award through the Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholar Program (M3C).
At Trinity, Stackhouse is involved in Women’s Ministry as a Bible study co-leader and events coordinator, and she serves as secretary for Academic Initiative. Outside of Trinity, she has worked as a teacher’s aide with former fellow student Madiseida Horton ’09 at New Life Christian Fellowship Church.
Homepage | News & Events