Internship Highlight: Sam Schatzberg

Internship Highlight: Sam Schatzberg
Graphic: Logo that says Bethany Church; photo of student Sam Schatzberg

Pascack Hills senior Sam Schatzberg is currently interning at the Bethany Community Center located in Washington Township, NJ. The community center is a nonprofit multipurpose facility that offers physical activities, such as basketball and pickleball, along with socio-economic classes such as financial, health, and wellness seminars. Sam’s mentor is Bliss Varughese who is the director of the community center. 

When Sam first started his internship, Bliss gave Sam the opportunity of working at the front desk to help boost his confidence. 

“My first impression of [Sam] was that he is very genuine and friendly. That came across very clear, but at the same time, he was a little shy, as well,” Bliss said. “I'm extremely outgoing, so I love that aspect where I can help people gain confidence and take pride in what they do. We put him right at the center of attention in that sense, which is the front desk, and so he excelled in it.” 

Some of Sam’s internship responsibilities involve filling out COVID waivers, taking people’s temperatures, and checking clients in and out of the community center. Sam interns two hours a day Monday through Friday. 

“I’ve really learned how to work in a more business-like atmosphere,” Sam said. “I’ve really learned how to talk to people better because I used to be more lenient with what I say.  Now,  [internship has] really taught me how to talk more professionally with people, and that has helped me out a lot.”

Sam said his favorite part about interning at the community center was “getting to know the people” whether they’re clients or his fellow co-workers. Sam appreciates his relationship with his mentor because he has helped him during his internship.

“There are different locations to the center, so [Bliss] bounces in and out. When he’s there, he helps me out a lot. When he can’t [be at my location], I’m still in good hands, and I get a lot of help still. We’re all just really awesome with each other. It’s just an amazing environment,” Sam said. 

Bliss has been a part of the internship program for the last two years, and he said Sam has been a “blessing” to the community center during the pandemic. 

Sam has been able to balance his internship responsibilities with his extracurricular activities such as Camp Rasberry and sports. He is a three-sport athlete as he participates in football, basketball, and baseball.

“I just try to try to go with the flow and just balance it out the best I can,” Sam said. 

After high school, Sam plans to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University. While his major is undecided, Sam looks forward to using the communication skills that he’s developed and applying them to his future.

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Pictured:  Sam Schatzberg stands in front of the Bethany Church Community Center sign

Sam Schatzberg
Pictured:  Sam Schatzberg shows off his workspace in the Bethany Church Community Center

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