I would recommend this internship to anyone who is highly motivated to take charge of their experience and who genuinely wants to make the most out of it. If you are checking boxes, you won't get the most out of this experience. I would also recommend it to anyone who is organized and a planner, and is adaptable.
I would NOT recommend this internship to anyone who thinks they will be spoon fed their experiences and isn't willing to put in the work. You are being given the opportunity to do this in an area of your choice and to meet and work with other professionals who can help you grow personally and professionally. Take full advantage of that, or else choose a different DI program.
What did this Internship mean to you personally?
This was the hardest and most challenging thing I have ever done in my life. I moved in with my husband's family, lived without him, took care of my 3 children, and fully committed myself to every rotation/experience and every assignment/project. I gave up all of my time and energy to this program and to balancing being a mom. I grew so incredibly much through this process. For all of the stress that it may have caused me regularly, I fought through it and came out even stronger, and more fulfilled than I could have imagined.
What advice do you have for newly accepted incoming Interns?
I will reiterate, if you are not fully committed to getting the most out of this experience, and willing to take initiative in every rotation to get the most out of it, then this isn't the DI for you. If you aren't willing to do the work on projects or assignments to grow professionally, this isn't the DI for you. Take advantage of every experience, even if it isn't something you have ever done and you aren't confident doing because you will only learn that much more by doing it. If you see opportunities to do more at a site beyond what is asked of you, volunteer to do it because you can see those areas where further growth could be possible. Don't limit what you can achieve from this experience.