Dynamy Internship Year

Dynamy

About

Dynamy Internship Year is a challenging and engaging gap year for students ages 17-22 who are interested in exploring and discovering career paths through hands-on learning. We understand that students have taken many paths to reach Dynamy, thus bringing a diverse and eclectic outlook to the internship year. Some students have deferred college for the year and others are curious and motivated through experiential learning. Students work with an advisor to select from 100+ different internship opportunities throughout Worcester, MA. In conjunction with their internships and professional mentoring, students benefit from apartment living, college advising and optional college seminars through Clark University.

Dynamy Internship Year creates an environment for students to find their passion, increase their confidence, and establish future goals.

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Website
www.dynamy.org
Founded
1969

Reviews

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Delaney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Dynamy is exceptional because of the way they handled COVID. Even through COVID they allowed us to have a social life in a safe way and enjoy our time with our peers. They planned fun activities for spring break, and Easter even though we couldn't be with our families. They made me realize Dynamy is a family and the best non-biological family a girl could ask for. They have so many internship opportunities that allow us to explore interests of all kinds and have hands on experiences. I'm forever grateful, thank you Dynamy.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take every opportunity possible and have FUN in every excursion.
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Elizabeth
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I really enjoyed all Dynamy had to offer. I definitely made some close friendships here and bonds with supervisors and staff. Additionally, I worked to improve on a lot of life skills from budgeting to time management to boundary setting/apartment living, etc. This gap year was helpful in many ways and I am very glad I took it before jumping right into college in 2020. I think that staff and support were excellent and also very understanding, while also stern enough. My main concern is the area of Worcester. I did feel concerned for my personal safety a couple of times as some of the people near Chandler Street especially were creepy.

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Kamran
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I attended Dynamy after being in college for a couple years and still having no clue what I wanted to do afterwards. My adviser helped me explore various internship opportunities and set up interviews. Both internships were great and have helped me shape a plan for my future. The staff is amazing and as involved as you need them to be; I was able to gain more independence but when a difficult life situation arose, they helped me through it and always had my back. My roommates were all amazing and we still keep in touch. Our apartment was spacious and very nice. There is plenty to explore around Worcester from great restaurants to sporting events and concerts, etc. This is a great program for any young adult looking to explore different fields and/or gain life experience.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Worcester is an awesome city. The community is very progressive and politically active. There are numerous unique non-profits doing very important work that have internship opportunities.
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Kimberly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience to the real world after high school - I was a young graduating student. Outward Bound was a truly amazing experience - it was challenging and invigorating! I highly suggest attending an open house at DIY and going in for a tour of the program - you'll gain more of an idea of the internship year and meet current staff/students! DIY opened my eyes to many things and led to onto my career path/educational path to becoming a successful young woman! I currently work in Human Resources as the Talent Acquisition Specialist for a non-profit organization called YOU, Inc. which DIY is now part of!

What would you improve about this program?
Continue addressing the incoming student needs and growing with/developing as the times change.
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Kate
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

As I approached my senior year of high school, it became clear that taking the traditional route and going to college was not right for me. Despite my academic success in high school, I knew I wanted to gain a greater sense of independence with guidance prior to entering college life. A gap year seemed to be in my best interest. For my gap year, I chose to enroll at Dynamy.
For me personally, I decided to go to Dynamy because I wanted to take the time to get a better sense of what career I’d like to pursue and the college courses I would need to take in order to determine my major so that I can achieve my goal. I also wanted to develop even stronger skills that relate to work ethic, time management, and responsibility.
At Dynamy, students are also provided internships to get hands on experience and to investigate different careers. Through this program, I obtained a teaching internship where I learned hands on experience in the classroom. I mastered how to manage a classroom and how to effectively work with students. I also secured an internship learning how to maintain and keep a pottery studio in top shape.
At Dynamy, improved my work ethic, fine-tuned my independent living skills like learning how to budget money for groceries, for transportation, and for other living essentials. I have also learned how to maintain a clean and safe apartment as well as how to live successfully with roommates. Having healthy relationships and communication is extremely important in order to coexist with your roommates, and this is a valuable lesson that has aided me in college dorm living.
Dynamy has also helped me to further develop my social skills. I am social; however, I struggle with finding the balance between my need to be assertive and people taking advantage of my kindness. Dynamy’s staff has helped me to work on these areas through one-on-one counseling and by giving gentle reminders to continue to strive to reach these goals. Something that has really helped me to grow socially is the requirement to attend social events for credit. This has provided an excellent opportunity for me to interact with my peers. These events have increased my confidence in social situations tremendously and I have gained many new friends.
In addition, attending these events has also taught me how to create a positive balance of my work life and social life. Over the course of this semester, I took a class through Clark University and had to learn to find time for studying, attending events, working, and hanging out with friends. While it was a little hectic at times, I learned useful time management strategies to help tame the craziness. I dedicated certain times for exclusively studying and if I knew there was an event or an obligation I had to fulfill, I learned to plan ahead to get work done. I also found it helpful to do a little bit of work each day and not wait to do it all on the weekend before class on Monday. Taking the Clark class certainly was fascinating and gave me a sneak peek into what a college class is like in addition to indirectly teaching me how to manage school and my life outside the classroom.
Taking a gap year at Dynamy was one of the smartest decisions I’ve made. I’ve developed a better understanding of the workforce, myself, and has helped me transition into the college experience. Dynamy’s program allowed me to grow academically, socially, and professionally. With these newfound skills, I am equipped to successfully embark on the college experience and whatever else lies ahead in my future.

What would you improve about this program?
I have no major complaints about the program. Words cannot express how grateful I am for what Dynamy has done for me. Thanks to the program and it’s wonderful staff, I am more confident with myself and my ability to be successful in my academic, social, and occupational endeavors. If I had to make a critique I would say that I would have liked to have more internship opportunities to work with the elderly population. There were nursing homes and elderly care facilities that had accepted Dynamy interns in the past, but were not accepting interns at the time.
I was very pleased and gained a lot of valuable experience from the internships I worked at while I was at Dynamy.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Lauren Buffone

Job Title
Coordinator of Student Support
Lauren Buffone started at Dynamy in 2015 as an Internship Year Advisor before moving into her current role as the Coordinator of Student Support. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker who encourages students to make the most of their gap year through experience and reflection!
Lauren Buffone

What makes Dynamy Unique?

Dynamy is unique because you have the opportunity to live independently while working at an internship, with support! Taking the leap into independence and working can be challenging but having support along the way can make for a more meaningful experience.

What is your favorite aspect of the program?

My favorite part of the program is advising! I love sitting down with students one on one and talking about their experiences.

I encourage all students to look analytically at their time at Dynamy and how it can be used in the next chapter.

What is the best success story you've heard from a Dynamy alumni?

Success is measured in so many different ways, it’s really hard to answer! I like hearing from students who are pursuing their dreams, feel motivated and are using the skills they learned at Dynamy to better themselves and the world.

If you could participate in an internship offered through Dynamy, which one would you choose?

If I could be a Dynamy intern, I would want to work in the courthouse - in any capacity. You get to interact with many different types of people, see the justice system at work and observe a variety of different jobs. The variety of this internship site would offer would be an ideal place for me!

What is your favorite part of working in Worcester?

Worcester is going through a cultural renaissance. There are so many great things in this area and it’s finally getting the recognition it deserves. I love eating, so the places to eat and have coffee are definitely the highlight for me.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful Gap Year?

The main ingredient for a successful Gap Year is a student’s willingness to be challenged and pushed out of their comfort zone. A great quote that summarizes this idea is simply:

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”

George Addair

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