PMG Intern Testimonials – 2022-2023
My experience was great! I feel that I have a much deeper understanding of the specific motor skills behind OT practices. Unlike shadowing, I felt like I was working hands on, and truly understood the OT practices behind every activity I did.
It helped show me that now every child you work with is going to be easy and it has enhanced my patience, empathy, and problem-solving skills. I feel like I got a lot of experience and learning that I am able to apply to my future practices. I got a lot of hands-on experience which is not usually possible during OT undergrad learning experiences.
This internship has solidified my desire to be an occupational therapist, and I could really see myself working in pediatrics. I wanted to gain more hands-on experience within the field and that is exactly what I got. I have grown a lot with my confidence and just loved this experience and getting to spend time with the kids.
I was able to work with kids in a professional, yet very laid back setting where I was able to use skills I’ve learned in school and apply them in this professional setting where there was so much room for growth. I was able to figure out what teaching methods were best for me and best for the kids as well who were having trouble with the skills.
This experience helped strengthen my ability to observe/take notes while also keeping the child engaged. This is definitely something that I will be doing in this career so it was nice to start practicing it! Additionally, I was able to see and use what I have learned to do the activities.
I have always been interested in working with kids so this program further enhanced my experience and skills to promote a focused environment. Overall, it allowed me to multitask between kids and teach the common goal of each activity.
This experience outlined what it is like to work in a pediatric environment, which is an environment I am interested in pursuing as I continue my education to become a licensed PT. Also, this experience was very informative and it furthered my curiosity about motor abilities of children and also how our built environment impacts children’s ability to develop necessary motor skills.
I think this experience is incredibly valuable because in addition to obtaining observation hours, it is much more than that since you are directly involved in the therapy process and learn about the rationale behind each activity that is done in the motor group. The relationships that I have built with the kids that I worked with are amazing and it is so great to see their improvement week after week. There aren’t that many opportunities available for Pre OT/PT students where they get to have hands-on experience without extra certifications, so this is definitely an incredible opportunity.
This helped me gain experience in pediatric PT and helped me define the demographic I aim to work with and helped me to build my knowledge base so I can communicate better with clients’ parents.
This experience definitely exposed me to a side of OT that I hadn’t seen before, as I have only observed in clinical settings so far. This has helped me narrow down my professional interests. I have also made valuable connections, which I am sure will help me as I pursue my professional goals.
OT/PT internships are extremely hard to find and this internship offers you the opportunity to not only meet other prospective OT/PT students but also enables you to use your learning and skills in a clinical aspect that we don’t necessarily get in undergrad.
This was a very positive experience for me. I was able to learn more about pediatric OT and OT as a whole compared to the rest of the OT experiences I had been a part of. Being a part of the Leadership Corps allowed me to get even more in depth and improve my leadership skills.
I would recommend this internship to other students interested in pediatric OT/PT placements because the hands-on experience was extremely eye-opening and helpful. Being able to physically do the work instead of watching or shadowing is so much more helpful because you can see how you need to improve and what your strong suits are. Additionally, being a part of the Leadership Corps, my writing skills have drastically improved in regard to the planning and organizing aspects. Being able to work with other interns and help each other out was also a really good experience. This has helped me make more friends in my field and be able to help each other with other graduate school requirements as well.
One thing I found very helpful/interesting about this internship was the additional learnings. I learned so much more about how in depth PT/OT is and found myself learning something new each week. I think this internship just strengthened my perspective on the PT field and increased my desire to become a PT even more.
This internship helped me grow personally by strengthening my creativity skills. It required a lot of new ideas and new ways of thinking and I’m glad that I got a chance to work on that skill since it’s not my strongest area. I was also able to strengthen my networking skills by talking with the other interns and learning about all the opportunities they were involved in.
My application to physical therapy schools was positively impacted by my involvement with On The Other Hand Therapy’s motor group Leadership Corps. I gained a lot of knowledge and experience from that internship, and as a result, I was able to use those learnings to produce thoughtful essay responses. I genuinely believe that working with Laura and the other interns enabled me to expand my perspectives and think creatively about physical therapy. I highly encourage any OT/PT student to apply if they are looking for a fun and educational experience!
© 2023. Laura Faye Clubok, MS, OTR/L, On The Other Hand Therapy