Christafa S. develops administrative skills through vocational internship

February 7, 2018

Latham student Christafa’s smile is contagious as he works his internship at Latham Centers’ administrative office in Orleans once a week. Vocational Director Maura Smith, who works directly with Christafa (Chris), said his internship began in the fall after they worked together to complete an individualized career plan based on his interests and goals. At age 18, Chris is a transitioning student, eager to learn new vocational skills. His sense of pride was evident as he talked about developing his own business cards.

“I like my business cards; I did that by myself,” he explained. Maura described how Chris came up with the name and logo design for his “Happy as a Clam Administrative Services” business. He met with a Staples print shop associate to order a supply to hand out at school, where he hopes to find additional admin support work. “I like making copies,” he said, “and it feels good to help.”

Maura provided a glowing recommendation as Chris completed his weekly intern shift recently. “Chris is friendly, polite, professional, and punctual – and he’s a good listener… And we share the same sense of humor!” When she added that Chris does an amazing job and helps keep her on task, he commented, “and organized!” They laughed, and Chris added, “Maura tells me I do a good job; it makes me feel good… And I’m not shy about anything.” Maura said one of his many strong suits is that Chris speaks his mind. “He is multi-talented, and he was impressive playing football for the Latham Hawks. I’m thankful to have him as an intern.” For all of us in the admin office, it is a pleasure to see Chris each week and experience his positive attitude and progress toward mastery.