First Gen Internship Spotlight: Natalie Trudell ’24

First-Gen Internship Spotlights offer insights into the experiences of students at RWU as they navigate their unique industries and strive to achieve meaningful employment opportunities in their undergraduate experiences. Check out this First-Gen Internship Spotlight from Natalie Trudell as she provides insights into her internship experience!

Question 1 – What is your name?

Natalie Trudell

Question 2 – What is your major?

Legal Studies & Psychology

Question 3 – What is your internship title and employer name?

My internship this semester was with a Clinical Social Worker for a private company.

Question 4 – Why were you initially interested in this internship?

 I was interested in this internship because I knew my supervisor personally and had a really close connection with her and knew that she has close connections with other professionals in her field as well as in the legal field as well.

Question 5 – How did you find your internship?

I found my internship through personal connections, as mentioned before I know my supervisor personally and have known her for years and we have always been juggling around the idea of doing an internship together.

Question 6 – What did you do in this internship? Provide examples of tasks, projects, etc. and feel free to brag about any accomplishments you are particularly proud of!

As part of my internship, I had the pleasure of chatting with several different people from several different fields of the law and the psychological world. I was able to talk with DCYF workers, Lawyers, pre-trial service workers, and more.

Question 7 – Has this internship helped you work toward your future career goals? If so, how?

This internship has helped me work towards my future career goal as I wouldn’t have had the connections and opportunities I did during my internship from my supervisor to be able to talk and get a feel from all these experts in all these different fields.

Question 8 – What was your biggest lesson learned or takeaway from the internship? (Specifically, from a 1st Gen lens)

My biggest takeaway from this internship in connections. It is so crucial to have connections with other in similar fields as recommendations come from them and grow a bigger network. I want my name to be big and know and in order to do that I must be social and applicable to other professionals.

Question 9 – What advice would you give to someone interested in a similar internship opportunity?

Don’t be afraid to ask any questions that you’re confused about, these professionals love giving out information and helping college students as they were once in our place.


By Callie Flanagan
Callie Flanagan Career Advisor