What It's Like to Be An Everyday Café Intern
Did you know we have a team of hard working interns at The Oasis Project and Bible Center Church? It's true! Each year, we have a number of interns in our programs like our commercial kitchen space, our education program, and our Pittsburgh urban farm.
Some interns work in multiple programs. That's the case for Camille, a summer 2021 intern, who spent time in a few of our programs but focused most of her time with our café.
She graciously agreed to share some of her insight about what the intern experience is all about. Some responses have been slightly edited for brevity.
What initially brought you to work with The Oasis Project and Bible Center Church?
During my senior year we had a guest talking to me and other students about a program you can sign up for. Since I was in culinary, they put me somewhere where I would be dealing with food and being in a kitchen environment. So I got placed here at Everyday Café.
I understand you and Pastor Cynthia go way back. What can you tell us about that?
Pastor Cynthia used to be my principal at Pittsburgh Montessori (located in Friendship). She is one of the most kind-hearted and caring people you can ever meet. Everyday when I came to school she would always check up on me and other students just to make sure we were ok and if we ever needed anything. She always made my day and kept smiles on all of our faces.
What are the various programs that you're involved with here and how do you see them fitting together? What responsibilities do you have?
For now I’m working at Everyday Café taking people’s orders, cleaning, making sandwiches, drinks and etc. I have learned a lot here during these past couple of weeks - like how to make smoothies and coffee and so much more that I didn’t know how to do before. I really enjoy working here and love what I do best (making smoothies!).
What is the best part about being an intern here?
The best part about being an intern here is people making me feel welcomed and just getting to make their day. I love to put smiles on our customers' faces and see them satisfied which makes me feel like I’m doing a good job.
What is the hardest part?
The hardest part working here is sometimes doing multiple things at once. Like having to take customer orders, then prepare their food, and then clean at the same time...but I’m used to it now!
What advice would you give to other prospective interns who might be hoping to work with The Oasis Project and Bible Center Church?
You should come help out the community. You can help and you can change the community making it a better place.
If you're interested in learning more about internships and other opportunities at The Oasis Project and Bible Center Church, please visit Current Opportunities.