Intern Spotlight: Emma Turner

The Leadership Center is pleased to introduce you to another one of our summer interns, Emma Turner! She is a Junior International Studies and Political Science double major at George Fox University, and is currently interning for the Salem Leadership Foundation. Emma is originally from SE Portland, but her parents just recently moved to Albany. We’ve asked Emma a couple of questions to learn more about how her internship is going so far!

Q: How did you first learn of The Leadership Center?
A: I first heard of Trisha because she was Interim Assistant University Pastor at George Fox University, but it wasn’t until she had spoken to my class about The Leadership Center in March did I meet her and become interested in applying. Trisha knew I would be a perfect fit for the Salem Leadership Center right from the start!
Q: Is this your first internship?
A: Yes, this is my first internship. I knew that I needed something for the summer, and I wanted to experience what it was like to work in the non-profit world.
Q: What has been one highlight of your internship so far?
A: The new friendships and connections that I’ve been able to make in Salem have been a highlight. Most of my connections were in Portland, so to know that I now have a wider network of people to count on is great!

Q: What has been one difficulty?
A: Figuring out a reasonable Legacy Project in a 3-month time span. My heart has to be in it for it to be done right and have it leave an impact, so it’s been hard to choose what I want to focus on.

Q: What is your dream job after graduation?
A: To be honest, I don’t know, but I’m open to anything that lets me serve and invest in people.

Q: How did going through orientation and theo-praxis help?
A: It’s been eye-opening to what Wesleyan theology is all about, and it’s been cool to find out that I have some of the same core beliefs as well. I also love being able to do it with the other two interns here at SLF.

Q: How has being mentored impacted you?
A: I have become good friends with the person who’s been mentoring me and even though we have different strengths, we work well together and balance each other out. I feel comfortable enough to contribute to the relationship.

Q: What has God been teaching you during this internship?
A: What has He not been teaching me!!…That He can use me in ways that I wasn’t expecting. Even though this experience has shown me what I don’t want to do, it has also shown me what I am capable of. It has changed and formed me in ways that I didn’t expect, and I’ve learned so much about myself in the process. He’s definitely been working on my confidence and self-esteem.

Q: What will your Legacy Project be?
A: I still don’t know. I have a couple of ideas for refugees, or networking female pastors in the area. I’ve also thought of preparing resource documents for SLF to use in the future. Nothing is set in stone yet.

Please be praying for Emma as she continues to intern for the Salem Leadership Foundation!