Ukusuka e-Bloomington kuya e-Waukegan, nase-Rock Island kuya e-Kankakee, akhuphuka abafundi bezomthetho abenza unyaka wesibili nowesithathu—abasebenza njengabaqeqeshelwa umsebenzi ePrairie State Legal Services (PSLS)—bazochitha ihlobo labo becwila emsebenzini womphakathi omangalisayo i-PSLS eyenzela amakhasimende ayo.

I-PSLS yemukela abaqeqeshwayo abangu-16: abathathu ehhovisi lethu laseBloomington, oyedwa emahhovisi ethu aseKankakee nasePeoria, ababili emahhovisi ethu aseRock Island naseRockford, abathathu emahhovisi ethu aseWaukegan naseWest Suburban, kanti oyedwa ehhovisi lethu laseWoodstock. Kubafundi abangu-16, ababili ababuyayo njengabafundi abenza unyaka wesithathu abakhuphukayo, oyedwa ungumfundi wezomthetho okhuphukayo owenza unyaka wesibili, omunye owenza iziqu, abasele bakhuphuka abenza unyaka wesibili wezomthetho.

Ngaphandle kokumbalwa, i-Prairie State idinga ubuncane bamahora angama-300 ngohlelo lwaso lwe-internship yasehlobo, oluhumushela emavikini ayisishiyagalombili noma ayi-10 omsebenzi, noma izinsuku ezi-4 noma ezi-5 ezigcwele ngesonto, ngokulandelana. Akuwona wonke amahhovisi azoba nabafundela umsebenzi kulo nyaka, lokho uMxhumanisi we-Prairie State Internship u-Sally Steele athi kuwumphumela wokutholakala kwendawo kanye nezintandokazi zendawo zabafake izicelo.

“Abasebenzi bethu abaqeqeshelwa umsebenzi bachayeka kuzo zonke izici zomsebenzi we-PSLS, futhi benza imisebenzi ehlukahlukene ebalulekile emisebenzini yethu, kusukela ekucwaningeni ngezindaba ezibalulekile zomthetho, ukuxoxisana namakhasimende, nokusiza ekulalelweni nasekuqulweni kwamacala,” kusho uSteele. “Ngelayisensi engu-711, abanye abaqeqeshwayo bayakwazi ngisho nokunikeza usizo lwezomthetho kumakhasimende ngaphansi kokuqondisa komeluleki wabo. Umuntu ngamunye oqeqeshelwa umsebenzi wabelwa umeluleki, osiza ukwabela, ukuqondisa, ukuxoxisana, nokuhlinzeka ngolwazi oluhle lwasehlobo kulowo ofunda umsebenzi.”

Njengoba ihhovisi ngalinye lihluka ngosayizi futhi lingase libe nabameli noma lingabi nalo eligxile endaweni ethile yomthetho, abafundi bangase banikezwe umeluleki ogxile endaweni ayithandayo noma cha. Ngokuka-Steele, uma kungenzeka, abaqeqeshwayo bangakwazi ukusebenza nabanye abameli ehhovisi labo abasebenza kweminye imikhakha yezomthetho, babaveze ezinhlobonhlobo zezinsiza ezihlinzekwa yi-PSLS. Uthe noma ngabe akekho omunye ummeli ehhovisi ogxile endaweni umfundi athanda ukuyofunda, abeluleki bazozama ukuhlinzeka ngolwazi oluhambisana nendawo okuthakaselwayo oqeqeshwayo futhi babaveze ezindaweni eziningi zokuqulwa kwamacala omphakathi kanye nenqubo yamazinga amaningi. kuthatha ukuthola kusukela ekuqaleni kwekhasimende elifuna izinsiza ngokuxazululwa kwecala.

Abafundi bamagange ukuthola ulwazi lomhlaba wangempela zisuka nje. "Iningi lijabule ngokusebenzisana namakhasimende kanye nenkantolo," kusho uSteele. “Lokhu kungase kusho ukuthi bahlala ezingxoxweni zamakhasimende, bagcine sebeziqhuba ngokugadwa ngumeluleki wabo, babone izinkinga ezingokomthetho iklayenti elibhekene nazo. Sinokuqeqeshwa okuza kubafundi mayelana nalelo khono. Ucwaningo lwezomthetho lwabeluleki babo nabanye abameli ehhovisi, ukubukeza okutholakele, nokubhala amamemorandamu nakho kuyimisebenzi evamile. Abafundi abaningi bazijwayeza ukubhala okusemthethweni, futhi bangathanda ukuqeda ihlobo ngesampula yokubhala eqinile yemisebenzi nemizamo yesikhathi esizayo. Bangase baye ngisho nasezinkantolo zokuphatha amacala nomeluleki wabo noma abanye abameli ehhovisi labo, futhi babasize balungiselele ukuqulwa kwecala. I-internship ngayinye ihlukile futhi sikhuthaza abafundi ukuthi baveze izintshisekelo zabo nezinjongo zabo nabeluleki babo kulo lonke ihlobo. "

“Abafundi abaningi banombono ongacacile walokho abakuthakaselayo uma beqala isikole sezomthetho, kodwa i-internship ingase iqinise noma iguqule umbono,” kuphetha uSteele. “Ukuthola i-internship ne-PSLS ngethemba ukuthi ngeke kushiye abafundi benesipiliyoni esiwusizo kakhulu, bengagcini nje ngokufunda kubaluleki abaqhakazile nabanomusa, kodwa kuzophinde kuqwashise noma kuqinise abafundi ngesidingo sokusebenzisa izingqondo zabo zomthetho ukuthuthukisa amakhasimende adinga umphakathi. isevisi. Abanye babafundi bethu bayaqhubeka nokuba nemisebenzi ezuzisa umphakathi, kungaba yi-PSLS noma enye inhlangano yosizo lwezomthetho. Abanye bayaqhubeka nokuvolontiya njengabameli be-pro bono uma sebenikezwe amalayisensi, noma sebengaba abaxhasi nabasekeli bomsebenzi wePSLS.”