Thanks to the generosity of the Bergami Family and the UNH Division of Student Affairs, eight UNH undergraduate students received a stipend to cover expenses related to their unpaid internship experience. The eight recipients will be reflecting on their internship experience over the course of the summer. This entry is from Luca Mochi, Music Major, who is interning with New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
A good team player is someone who can contribute and listen equally, they must be confident and have the ability to communicate their ideas and opinions as well as listen and accept the other point of views from their teammates. A good team player must be able to put the team objective before their own personal objectives, they must be selfless and open minded as well as being hardworking and determined, lastly, they should be able trust their teammates and have faith that they will do their part.
I would consider myself a good team player because I love to contribute to the group but I equally enjoy hearing what others have to say. Sometimes, I to try and take control because I want to ensure that the project or team objective is reached perfectly, this is troublesome because it shows that I don’t trust my teammates consistently. When I work as part of a team I always try to make sure that we are all communicating with each other and I try to notice when I am becoming too controlling.
Usually when a team is assembled, there is a leader and the rest are followers. The role of a leader is important, however, a team cannot work or achieve their goals with maximum efficiency without ‘good followers.’ A good follower is someone who can take orders but can also make smaller decisions without having to consult the leader every time. In many ways, followers are the backbone of the team and they must be able to communicate with each other and their leader in order to operate efficiently.
At my internship, I had to work with another intern to create teacher resource guides. The other intern was interning for the education department and had made the teacher resource guides for the orchestra the previous year. With this in mind, I let him lead the project because he had more experience. We both decided that I would do the research on the composers and their pieces, while he would use my research to compile the lesson plans for each guide. He had experience in music education so he was better suited to do the actual lesson plans and I had enough experience with researching that I was able to contribute effectively. We had the option of splitting the guides between us (he would do all the research and lesson plans for half, and I, the other half), however, this would have proved ineffective because of my inexperience with creating lesson plans. The way that we communicated our strengths allowed us to tackle the project and maintain a high level of quality.