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Adrian's Internship Builds Important Work Skills

Adrian is a participant in Search's No Boundaries program in Evanston, where he is learning skills for work and skills for life. Adrian secured an internship with the Keystone Alliance and posted about his experience on the jjslist.com blog.

Adrian writes: I recently started an internship with Keystone Alliance, an administrative services organization that supports Search, Inc. I was excited to get this internship with the help of the No Boundaries - Train for Work, Train for Life program. As my first internship, I've learned a lot, I've gained workplace skills and started working on being independent by taking public transportation.

I went through an interview process and practiced interviewing with the No Boundaries team prior to the interview at Keystone Alliance. When I got the call that I got the internship position, I was excited and changed my schedule to prepare for the internship. On my first day, I was introduced to the Keystone Alliance team as well as Nick Larson, my supervisor.

At Keystone Alliance I perform various tasks like alphabetizing, data entry and filing. I also prepare documents to be mailed; this includes stuffing envelopes, adding stamps and return address labels. Also, I sometimes shred documents and dispose of certain documents that cannot be shredded.

My internship at Keystone Alliance has been rewarding and I feel as though my skills are a great match for the job. Some of the skills I've improved on are my communication, organizational and personal responsibility skills.

I recently started learning the transportation system within the Chicago area. I enjoy taking the Brown Line to get to my internship.

I would encourage anyone looking for a position in an office environment to gain this type of experience.

Thank you Adrian for sharing your story!

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