Spotlight on CASL Staff Member Liz Clark
Enjoy the following Q&A with Liz Clark, Student Career Counselor in the CASL Internship Center.
- Name: Liz Clark
- Position: Student Career Counselor
- Years at UM-Dearborn: Started as a student in the winter of 2011 and became staff in the summer of 2013.
What does a typical workday look like for you?
My job includes helping students prepare and get placed in internships. That includes answering internship applications, student emails, setting up Zooms and phone calls, sending email blasts and marketing materials about internship opportunities, and providing resources for students.
In addition, along with my partner Patti Martin, I work in the new CASL Internship Center. We have been planning procedures and projects, marketing and data collection strategies, assisting faculty coordinators, and much more. There are so many different moving parts!
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love helping students who may not be sure of what they want to do, or who are shy or nervous, get their internships. It is such a reward to see their growth from shy student to successful intern! I also love meeting new people on campus and interacting with my colleagues.
What was your first job?
It was a rite of passage for a teenage girl my age to babysit the neighborhood kids. My official first job was at Baskin-Robbins.
What do you do to relax?
Many things help me relax: a good long walk, cooking, playing guitar, to name a few.
If you could have any one skill or talent that you don’t already have, what would it be?
I wish I could sing! So many great female singers that I listened to growing up inspired me. Alas, I keep it in the car or shower when I am singing so as not to hurt anyone!
What’s the proudest moment of your life
There are many moments in my life that I am proud about. One of them would be that, a few years ago, a dear friend nominated me for a Daily Points of Light Award for my time volunteering for Vista Maria, a great nonprofit in Dearborn Heights that supports vulnerable girls, women and youth heal from physical, mental and sexual abuse. It was such a huge surprise because I always feel like there is more that I and we could do to help those who are underprivileged. It was very honoring and humbling.
If we were to create a UM-Dearborn playlist, what song would you want to include?
Oh, this one is hard! There are too many. Maybe some Motown. “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough” is a good one. Or Kiss’ “Detroit Rock City.”
What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I am kind of obsessed with Star Wars. Ever since I was little, the look, the sounds, the characters—it just all speaks to me.
What’s one thing you wish you had known when you were a teenager?
Too much hairspray is bad for your hair!