By Caitlin Bernstein
My name is Caitlin Bernstein and I am an alum of the Next Steps at Vanderbilt program. I am currently working at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center as a research analyst and also at the Next Steps offices.
Some of the tasks that I do at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center are making copies, assisting with big events like trainings and conferences, and putting data in Excel spreadsheets.
Some of the tasks that I do at the Next Steps offices are helping with the Next Steps open houses, helping with the Next Steps newsletter, assisting with special events like speaking on panels and making copies.
This year Next Steps has 29 students, and as we expand to a 4-year program, we have our first year of third year juniors! This spring the students are in 41 different Vanderbilt University classes. Most of the juniors have paid internships that are off-campus, while the freshman and sophomores are mostly on-campus and un-paid. Some of the internships are Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, the Rand Post Office, Vanderbilt Recycling, the Vanderbilt Department of Human Services, Commons Munchie Mart and so many more.