About Elissa Mitchell

Elissa Thomann Mitchell has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Evansville, two Masters degrees (in Human and Community Development & Social Work) and a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Springfield in the Department of Human Services. Dr. Mitchell’s research focuses on the resilience of at-risk youth, and she is particularly interested in social support and its contributions to wellbeing.  In addition, she is interested in the personal and professional development of students, particularly in relation to internship and practicum experiences. She served as the TA/Instructor for the internship course at UIUC for three years, helping nearly sixty students secure and successfully complete their internships.

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Aren’t Leggings Pants?

Aren’t Leggings Pants? This question was recently raised by a student in one of my classes. She was discussing appropriate clothing for a certain event and was surprised when I suggested that she change out of the leggings she was currently wearing and put on dress pants before attending. As one article in College Fashion […]

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The Realities of Internships

This comic (http://mashable.com/2014/01/08/internships-comic/) from mashable.com highlights the lofty expectations of some new interns and the realities that often find them. Sure, you want to have high expectations of your position and hope that it will work out for the best. However, in reality, your internship may not live up to these expectations. Remember that you’re […]

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The Importance of Self-Care

In today’s busy, do-it-all world, many of us are overburdened with responsibilities and never-ending to do lists. In an attempt to be the best student/friend/partner/employee/etc., we often forget the most important thing – taking care of ourselves. Whether you’re completing your internship, your final year(s) of college, or on the job market, stress is inevitable. […]

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Finding an Internship

Completing an internship during your degree program is often a great way to get hands-on experience in a structured learning environment While some lucky students (or unlucky, depending on how you view it….) are automatically placed into internships by their programs, most students must take some initiative if they want to find an internship before […]

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Making the Most of Your Internship Experience

How can you make the most of your internship experience? Agree on a work plan. Before you start your first day or work, you should know what you’ll be doing. Maybe not exactly, but you should have a good idea. Talk with your supervisor in advance about the types of things you want to experience, […]

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What is the “Right” Internship?

You may have seen articles or heard your professors talk about securing the right internship. But what does that really mean? It’s different for everyone, but here are a few important points to consider when deciding whether an internship is the “right” one. It provides you the opportunity to learn new skills. The point of […]

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