Q&A with Fieldwork Supervisors and Students: Epstein Hillel School
The following are questions asked by Hornstein and answered by fieldwork supervisors and alumni who describe their fieldwork experiences during their time in the program.
Deryn (Harbin) Pressman-Mashin, MA/MBA'18 ( right) did her fieldwork at Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead, Massachusetts during the summer of 2017. She was hired in October 2017 and went full-time after she graduated in May 2018. Her supervisor was Amy Gold (left).
Fieldwork Supervisor: Amy Gold, Head of School
As I understand, Deryn was your first Hornstein student fieldwork intern. What did you know about the Hornstein Program before Deryn came on board as an intern?
I believe you were undergoing some significant changes at the school when Deryn did her fieldwork with you. How was she able to help you during this particular period?
Did having Deryn work for you as an intern provide you with the opportunity to decide that you wanted to hire her? (Did you consciously think that if she excelled you would offer her a job? Or did that thought occur only later?)
I’ll ask Deryn about the specifics of the project you had her work on, but you will be better able to tell me if, and how, her work moved the school forward toward your goals. (Or it may be that Deryn did work that freed you and others to do other work.)
It seems the fieldwork position worked out well for both you and Deryn. Is there any specific advice you have for other organizations that are considering hiring a Hornstein student intern?
Deryn Pressman-Mashin MA/MBA'18, Director of Community Engagement
How did you learn about the Epstein Hillel School? Who initiated this fieldwork opportunity? And why?
What projects did you work on and/or duties were you responsible for during your fieldwork?
How were you challenged (professionally and/or personally)?
The purpose of the Hornstein Program’s fieldwork component is not that it will lead to employment, though it’s nice when it does. You started your position before you graduated on a part-time basis and now you work full-time. What was that experience like for you? How did you juggle the demands of work, school, and personal life?
By way of parting advice to current students, please review the objectives listed above and recount a specific fieldwork experience you had that was especially meaningful.
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