Honors Student Spotlight: Rachel Robinson

By S. Jordan Montgomery

Rachel in front of a FOCUS sign

Companies are always looking for bright, young students excited to learn during their internship program. Honors student Rachel Robinson is one of these individuals. Robinson is an active member of the Honors College, majoring in sociology with a minor in psychology, and fast tracked to graduate in three and a half years. During her summer break, Robinson decided to take her education to the next level and participated in an internship with Focus on the Family in Colorado.

“I knew that I wanted to intern with a non-profit Christian organization over the summer since I think that might be an area that I am interested in working in at some point in the future,” she explained. “Focus on the Family is a ministry that I’ve grown up knowing about and in my search I had a couple of people recommend looking into it.”

With the help of the Career IMPACT Center for building her resume, Robinson received a market research internship during which she analyzed surveys with qualitative and quantitative data in order to understand constituents, their needs and the impact of programs. Her position was rigorous and required a combined application of English, communication, psychology, sociology and statistics.

“The internship program included regular seminars from presenters within the organization, which covered professional and personal growth along with explaining different disciplines,” she said.

Focus on the Family built a community with other like-minded, motivated, godly students who helped to contribute to everyone’s personal and professional growth.

During this experience, Robinson had the opportunity to take a trip with a key group of people to New Zealand! “Another part of the internship was the option of traveling to the Focus New Zealand branch. The trip was focused on the ACTIV8 conference and working with the Focus NZ branch. Of course, we also used time to explore and enjoy New Zealand!”

Robinson experienced Kiwi culture by attending a horse race, visiting the beach, having fish and chips, going to Hobbiton, seeing the Waitomo glow worm caves, attending the Christ Church America’s Cup victory parade, going to hot springs and bungee jumping!

Robinson shared, “This incredible experience opened my eyes to the unique workings of non-profit ministry, the specialized field of market research and the unique country of New Zealand. It was such a blessing as I prepare for my future!”

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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.

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