By Peter Snell, CIP Brevard Center student
I started interning at Brevard Community College’s Melbourne Campus in 2009 and I am still working there now. I do work in the Chemistry, Microbiology, Biology, and the Anatomy and Physiology labs.
My first semester in the labs was very much a semester of getting used to the place. I did a lot of easy tasks like cleaning glassware and washing the work areas. I liked cleaning the labs since it was a way for me to make them a safer and cleaner place for all. I work for Michelle Provencal, the Laboratory Coordinator for the BCC science labs, and during that first semester we set up an area for a garden.
We went out and moved the supplies from her storage area to our assigned spot. Michelle has always been really helpful and has taught me a lot of the basic things I needed to know about working here.
During my second semester Michelle wanted to see what I could do so I was given a wide variety of new tasks. I started to make agar solution for Microbiology classes. Making the solution is like making jello. Michelle also started having me refill water bottles, ethanol squirt bottles and little ethanol alcohol lamps.
The task I got the most satisfaction from was helping Michelle with making new charts and diagrams for Anatomy and Physiology classes I felt like I was giving back to BCC and leaving a mark here.
This semester is my third one interning at BCC and I have been showing new volunteers what jobs I do. I really enjoy teaching people what I do and I feel that Michelle is pleased with my work. I’m glad to be doing some new jobs such as organizing slides for both Biology and Anatomy and Physiology classes. It’s an enjoyable task because there is some confusion to it. It isn’t always clear if slides are the same or not. I have to ask Michelle a lot of questions but I am glad to do a task that makes me think and isn’t straightforward.
I have really enjoyed working in the labs in the Science Department here on campus. The best part of the job is the people. Everyone here is so warm and friendly and you feel like family. Michelle is a wonderful boss because she is very approachable with questions and she teaches well. I never felt uncomfortable asking Michelle a question. I found that, when she is explaining something, she does it in a very detailed and clear manner.
The volunteers who work here are very fun people to talk to and it is easy to become friendly with them. There is a sense of community working here because there are differences between the different workers but we all get along.