“I always heard that it was okay to mess up, but I am not sure how much I really believed that to be true. It was really reassuring to hear from my boss that she doesn’t expect me to know everything, or really anything related to the work we are doing, and that was okay.”Mary Moskowitz, Human Services Major
Co-op Term: Spring 2020
Position: Workforce Development Administrative Assistant
Employer: iCater at Pine Street Inn in Boston, MA
iCater Boston is a social enterprise of Pine Street Inn, providing culinary training to those pursuing a job after experiencing homelessness. Interviewing for the Administrative Assistant position, Mary Moskowitz believed she would operate behind-the-scenes of iCater’s mission. She was excited to learn her role combined both team-based and individual projects, providing her with the opportunity to work with clients and other departments within the organization. Always working on new projects, Moskowitz had to learn how to prioritize tasks, coordinate with her coworkers and navigate points of contact.
Moskowitz thrived in the fast-paced environment motivating her to look for a job in direct care in the future. Her most memorable experience was helping a client apply for a job with unreliable technology. She was able to exercise her knowledge from previous coursework and create a relationship of trust integral to forming a solution.
Read more about Mary’s experience in her reflection paper.
The Pine Street Inn headquarters in Boston, MA houses iCater and other programs that combat homelessness.