APEX Fellowship | Alexander Cohen

October 22, 2020   /  

Major: Philosophy
Class Year: 2021
Faculty Mentor: Bas van Doorn

I worked with IRC Sacramento’s Volunteer Coordination department to help hire and place interns and volunteers, and create a new system of intern recruitment.

Alexander Cohen will be online to field comments on Nov. 5 from 8:00am – 10:00am.

9 thoughts on “APEX Fellowship | Alexander Cohen”

  1. Alex – your advice about being persistent and remaining flexible certainly served you well this year! Especially given the fact that you were on this from early winter. Thanks for also giving credit to IRC for their willingness to work with you.

  2. Alex, congratulations for your internship with the IRC and the tangible outcome of your efforts in helping create a cohort system. I am proud of your adaptability to your internship’s changing focus!

  3. Alex,

    I’m glad that you see the ways in which your writing skills increased. I’m curious if you can articulate any additional skills you learned from conducting interviews with intern applicants?

    1. Thanks for the question!

      I think I actually learned to be more comfortable in interviews. Being on the other side was a really cool experience, and one of the things it showed me was that in the end, it’s just an interview. Obviously one wants to perform as best they can, but I learned from interviewing other applicants that things can go better if one tries to have a conversation rather than an interview.

  4. Alex,
    I’ve worked with other students who have interned with IRC over the years. So glad you were able to work out a remote opportunity. I’m wondering what you learned from interviewing candidates and working with a team to determine who best to bring on board?

    1. Hi!

      What I looked for most when interviewing people was whether or not they could speak in some capacity to what the IRC does. I found that applicants who had at least some knowledge of the IRC (who maybe did their homework before the interview) were our best candidates.

      There were a couple reasons for this: those were the people with a serious interest in humanitarian work which usually meant they were already familiar with it, that serious interest was a good indicator that they’d go above and beyond working for the IRC, and they were also the candidates who most frequently had a clear idea of what they wanted to do at the IRC. We didn’t require applicants to select a department to intern for, but those who were enthusiastic about working for the IRC almost always already knew where they wanted to be if we took them on.

      As a team, we mainly looked for any relevant experience, and this came in many forms. Sometimes it was time abroad, either in college or before/after doing some kind of humanitarian work, other times it was coursework that gave the applicant most or all of the background knowledge they needed to do well interning for the IRC.

  5. Sounds like a great experience Alex, thanks for sharing! IRC sounds like an amazing organization to work for.

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