My name is Srimayi Mulukutla, and I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I will be a rising junior at Sewickley Academy High School this year. I heard about Outreach360's remote internship program from my Global Studies teacher at school. After learning more about the internship, I was thrilled and inspired to be a part of it because I have always had a deep passion for global studies and teaching. Before hearing about the opportunity, I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do over the summer, but I was thankful to have gotten a chance to do it because it really changed my life for the better.
The internship was organized perfectly in the way that we as interns would have the chance to learn Spanish, learn more about the Dominican Republic, and teach and get to know our students. Since I learned that I would have the opportunity to serve by teaching Health and Science, I was excited because I have an interest in those subjects, and I couldn't wait to meet the students because I knew that they would have a profound and positive impact on me too.
At first, I was worried about the fact that the internship would be virtual and over Zoom, and I was scared that I wouldn't be able to create a connection with my students. Little did I know how much I would grow to love teaching them Health and Science and how much they would make me smile in those classes by showing how much they learned and sharing new experiences with me. Outreach360 volunteers are given this incredible opportunity to foster more excitement among students for the subject that they are teaching with various resources on Zoom and online. The students leave a beautiful influence on teachers through their qualities of persistence, hard work, and eagerness to put their best foot forward in every single class.
In the four weeks that I was able to spend with my students, I gained so much from them. They taught me to believe in myself. I never really imagined myself being able to teach and share what I have learned with anyone else. My students showed me that I can be a leader by allowing me to put a lesson plan together every day for a month and giving me the opportunity to plan activities that they could do, despite being something I had never done before. In addition, my students taught me to keep having a passion for learning. Sometimes, with the work that school gives, it can be hard to stay focused and know that the information I am learning will help me one day. Seeing my students come to class with a smile on their face motivated me to keep wanting to learn more about different things. These two lessons are so important to have, and I am so grateful I got the chance to be reminded of those things.
Outreach360's 'learning' component of the internship was a wonderful addition to the experience. Learning more about Spanish was helpful because I am learning Spanish in school, and I feel that learning a language is a powerful thing. In that way, I feel that Outreach360 supported me in my education. Through the Leadership and Social Change course, I was able to learn so much more about social change and development, and thoroughly analyzing important qualities for leadership was powerful for me because it made me think about how relevant those aspects are in my life.
To anyone who is interested in pursuing a remote internship with Outreach360, I would just say that you should do it.
Even if it seems intimidating or nerve-wracking to do at first, it really will leave a wonderful mark on you because you will get to explore a subject that you love, meet passionate students who have so much to share, and learn lessons that will stick with you forever. I know leading a class seems terrifying at first, especially if you have never done it before, but I promise you, you will get the hang of it and enjoy every minute of the whole experience!
For more information on Outreach360's virtual internships, please visit www.outreach360.org/virtualimpact.