“When the start of junior year rolled around, I knew it was time to become serious about preparing for my future, and more importantly my nursing career. When I was a freshman in nursing school, I remember looking at the job and internship page on the Carroll Nursing page and I can still feel the awe and excitement that filled my core. There were a few general hospitals that were advertising their programs but my heart raced when I saw the Camp Kamaji Nurse Intern tab. After spending a majority of the last two and a half years of my schooling on adult nursing, I knew that my heart yearned for something else. I have always been much more attuned to the needs of a child than I have for an adult, which is why I decided to look up that camp name again when I was on winter break of my junior year. Since the job opportunity was no longer on the nursing job page, I had to scrounge my memories for the name of that summer camp that I saw a few years back, luckily, I was able to mix around the letters a little bit to finally find Camp Kamaji for Girls in the northern woods of Minnesota. I filled out an online application for the camp, of which required me to fill out my past experience, a little bit about myself, if I have had camp and/or childcare experience, and what kind of experience I would like to gain from this opportunity.
Since I decided to search for the nontraditional internships, the process was fairly quick. I heard back in email within a week of my application submission and a phone interview was determined to be the next course of action, most likely due to the 8 hour distance. As the morning of the interview came around, I had my pen in hand and my notebook ready, filled with questions about the camp, what my expected duties would be, and reasons why my involvement on campus reflected my values and how that would demonstrate my perfect fit into the camp life. The interview lasted about an hour and was filled with open ended questions consisting mainly of “tell me about yourself” and “why do you want to work at camp?” The interview was very relaxed as the director mainly wanted to get a sense of who I was in order to see if my personality would be suitable for interacting with children on a daily basis. Even though the interview was over the phone, I laughed, smiled and let my true character shine. By the end of the interview, I felt like I could really be a part of the camp magic which was inevitably true since the closing remarks of the conversation was a job offer!”
Written by Brittany Buboltz