In October, OAR welcomed Brandon Jacobs as its only fall intern. A native of Baltimore, Md. and a 2016 graduate of Coppin State University, Jacobs is currently working on a master’s degree in sociology from American University in Washington, D.C. He will complete his internship in December.
“The fall and spring internships are more challenging to manage for both the intern and us,” says Kim Ha, Director of Research and Programs. “Because we are trying to match multiple programs tasks with the interns’ class schedule and availability. Someone like Brandon, who multi-tasks so well, is exactly whom we love to have.”
Jacobs has his reasons for selecting OAR. “I was motivated to intern at OAR because of my interest in the human mind and its development,” he notes. “Also, after doing some research about OAR and all that they have done for the community, why wouldn’t I want to work for such a fantastic organization?”
Over the course of his internship, he has assisted in a variety of important projects. He reviewed portions of OAR’s forthcoming college resource and reviewed and edited the reviewers’ comments from the just completed Applied Research Competition to make them clearer and more readable for the researchers who would receive them as feedback on their research proposals. He also conducted outreach for OAR’s blog and developing OAR’s social media presence. According to Jacobs, his biggest takeaways were learning more about autism and gaining insight from OAR staff about running a nonprofit organization.