City of Folsom Human Resources

Gabriela Lopez Cousineau
Gabriela Lopez Cousineau
Emphasis Area
Business Administration

Gabriela Lopez Cousineau expanded her current role in human resources with the City of Folsom to utilize her project management and research skills to move previous stalled projects forward.

Why did you choose this internship?

I chose this internship because I was already employed with the City of Folsom, and it offered me the perfect opportunity to demonstrate my additional capabilities and contributions while still being employed full-time. This internship empowered my supervisor to allocate additional resources and attention to projects that were often sidelined due to lack of resources. Working on these pending projects and ensuring their completion has since boosted our department's productivity.

What was a challenging aspect of your internship? The most satisfying?

The most challenging aspect was the time management. While I had designated time during my internship to complete projects, there were instances where my focus had to shift to more time-sensitive tasks, presenting unforeseen challenges in balancing project priorities. 

The most satisfying part of my internship was the significant contribution made, benefitting not only the department but all City employees. One of the projects that I got to complete and implement was the Workplace Violence Prevention Plan. It marked a crucial step forward in ensuring the safety and well-being of all employees within the organization.

How has your internship experience influenced your plans for your future?

My internship experience influenced my future by enhancing my skills in project management, research analysis, and communication, which will significantly influence my career path going  forward. These skills have not only prepared me to excel in my current role but also positioned  me to pursue promotional opportunities within the organization, aligning with my future plan for career advancement.

What advice do you have for other students as they search for their internship?

I would recommend choosing an internship in a field that genuinely interests you, if possible. This will help you stay engaged and motivated, even when faced with mundane tasks. Give it  your all, and if you ultimately discover that the field isn't the right fit for you, remember that it's okay to continue exploring other options.

How was the internship related to your Applied Humanities degree?

Overall, this internship gave me chances to use what I learned from my Applied Humanities 
degree in real-life situations, showing me how relevant my studies are to everyday life. For example, the communication skills learned were put into practice when I had to present my findings on my research to my supervisor. I had to ensure my presentation was clear and effectively conveyed all the relevant information.