Success Story: Clarissa

As more and more students connect with local employers using Monterey Bay Internships (MBI), we will bring the success stories to life through interviews.

Clarissa Infante is a Watsonville native who recently landed a position with the Digital NEST in Watsonville.  She is a fourth year Psychology student at Grand Canyon University in Arizona.  In her free time, Clarissa enjoys hiking and spending time with family and friends. We recently sat down with Clarissa to learn more about her new internship position, her career goals, and her experience using MBI.  Here is what she had to say:

How did you hear about MBI?

My mom told me to look for an internship.  She had a friend that worked for the county and she saw this position.  When I saw it I knew that’s what I had to do this Summer.

What do you hope to accomplish in your new role as an intern at the Digital NEST?

At the Digital NEST I will be a Data Assessment Intern which will give me the opportunity to work directly with youth. It’s what I want to do.

I’ve worked with kids and youth for awhile. It’s not my first rodeo, I guess you could say. The fact that I’m going to get more experience is going to impact me big time. I’m going to go to grad school and this will definitely help prepare me for that.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I’m going to go to grad school after undergrad, so I will need to work full time.  Eventually I want to come back and council families here in Watsonville.  I saw the way my uncle changed people’s lives through psychology, through caring for someone in general, through listening to people.  After leaving to go to school in Phoenix, when I came back in the Winter I saw how much help was needed here. That’s when phycology became my passion and I decided to give myself to the community. They’ve given me so much and I want to give back.

If you didn’t have access to MBI, what would you have done?

If I didn’t have access to MBI, I probably wouldn’t have had an internship in what I want to do with my career.  Honestly, I probably wouldn’t even have an internship, I probably would just be working my part time job at Ross.

What did you like most about the website?

It was easy, it didn’t have a bunch of little buttons… I like that it opened up on my phone.  It was perfect, I was like Yes!  It was easy.  It’s nice on the phone, because not everybody has a computer, but everyone has a phone.