Undergraduate spends summer interning at national office
August 12, 2014
Lydia Pfluger, a student at University of
Wisconsin-Stout, landed a competitive summer internship with the National Council on
Family Relations in its Minneapolis office.
of Grantsburg, has been working two days a week at the national organization since
the second week of June and will continue until the end of August.
NCFR, founded in 1938, is the oldest nonprofit, nonpartisan, multidisciplinary
professional association focused solely on family science research, practice
majoring in human development and family studies with a minor in applied peace
studies and a concentration in social work, is president of the Stout Council
on Family Relations, a student affiliate organization of NCFR.
the only summer intern, Pfluger works with staff members on projects including
tracking federal bills relating to family issues; researching textbooks used by
Certified Family Life Educator-approved academic programs; locating CFLE continuing
educational opportunities; and updating information on the NCFR website and in
the NCFR database.
is just as much a job as it is a learning experience. I have gained so much
insight on the inner workings of a nonprofit organization and have learned many
things about the family science field as a whole," Pfluger said.
feel as though I am part of larger initiatives that have the ability to change
families and individuals from a large scale. The staff allows me to be a part
of various conference calls and meetings with important individuals in the
field, and it is a rewarding experience to be a part of.
couldn't be happier with this professional and personal development
opportunity," Pfluger said.
Cassidy, director of education at NCFR, recruits and works with the interns.
Typically the office doesn't have summer interns but when it does it only has
Pfluger's position, the office received more than 30 applications. "We narrowed
it down by focusing only on those with a family-specific degree, but that still
left us with about 10 candidates. We did phone interviews with three and picked
Lydia based on her demonstrated leadership and experience," Cassidy said.
and staff are pleased with their choice. "We offered credit for the internship
experience but were impressed that Lydia pursued the opportunity even though
she didn't need the credit. She said she was just interested in having the
opportunity to work at NCFR. She is a quick learner and a hard worker," Cassidy
major, right size
chose UW-Stout for two reasons. She knew that she wanted to work in the human
service field, and the university's human development and family studies major
afforded her that option. "The major allowed me the flexibility to study and
land a job in many different related areas," she said.
also liked the idea of small classes taught by professors, not teaching
assistants. "I wanted to be able to feel comfortable asking questions and
meeting with a professor that knew my name," Pfluger said.
a result of her internship experience, Pfluger's eyes have been opened to new
opportunities in the field of family science and she expects to pursue a
am interested in working on the macro level to help improve the lives of
individuals and families, and there are many graduate degrees that can help me
achieve that. It is just a matter of deciding which degree is the best fit for
me," she said.
more information about the human development and family studies major go here or contact Amanda Barnett, program director, 715-232-1115.