Austin Pregnancy Resource Center
Spring 2013 Site Review
Position: Client Advocate Intern
Student: Sociology Senior
I am a Client Advocate and Intern at the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center (APRC). The APRC is a private non- profit organization that provides many resources, services, and referrals to mothers, expecting mothers, fathers, and their families. The organization run completely by the power and will of volunteers, two supervisors, and one Executive Director. It is funded by donations from churches and amazing individuals. It is located conveniently in West Campus, only a few blocks from The University of Texas. They are pretty flexible with work time schedules, thus I work there on Tuesdays and Thursdays and every other Fridays from 10 am to 3 pm.
As an Intern and Client Advocate at the APRC, there are three main operations that I take on and balance daily. The first operation is where I, alone or in a group of two Client Advocates, counsel groups and individuals dealing with pregnancies, miscarriages, new births, and other life crisis a family may face. As Client Advocates, I must be prepared to provide information and referral to Community Services – such as housing, financial assistance, employment, medical assistance, educational opportunities, adoption services, job training, ongoing professional counseling, and legal aid. The second operation is managing the Baby Boutique, where we provided baby clothes, accessories, formula, diapers, and other necessities to families in need. The last operation is more of the typical office environment. I am responsible for imputing data and information into our organization’s client and donor online data base program, general Excel Spreadsheet data entry, Word documentations, filing, and provide essential and polite services to callers.