Over time, I’ve grown to appreciate just how overworked and short-staffed nonprofits really are. It seems like there really aren’t many volunteers willing to lend a hand, particularly with smaller things. Volunteering to sort office supplies, staple papers, and other mundane things isn’t high on most people’s list of priorities. While dull, it still needs to be done. After I talked with my supervisor, she’s made it a point to give me work that actually involves writing and adds to my portfolio, but it seems like there are more basic things that still need doing.
With the semester coming to a close, the end of my internship is also fast approaching. Throughout the course of this semester, I have learned a variety of things from my internship experience. In general, I’ve learned even more about how to manage all my priorities, including but not limited to my internship, classwork, and job. Within the realms of my internship, I’ve learned how to work with information that I have already been provided and combine it with my own research and writing skills.
As part of my internship with Women At Risk, International I had breakfast with the president of the organization this week as well as my fellow interns. We met with Becky at 8:30 on Wednesday morning and got the chance to sit in her office with her and talk about the organization and our internships while having coffee and donuts. She asked us about our majors in college and our future plans. I had not met her before, but she immediately gave me a big hug when I walked in her office door.
• How has your work changed since you first started? Have you been given more responsibility? Has your daily routine changed at all?
This internship has really felt as if everything has been happening to get me ready for whatever may come in the future. With my (second) supervisor retiring, I saw not only how the office interacted with her afterwards but I went through the steps of preparing for her leaving such as preparing the documents for the replacement and designing a flyer for the retirement party.
Today was my second to last Monday at Women's LifeStyle. It was also one of the most productive! I have been working on three assignments this past week and a half—an event spotlight on Opera Grand Rapids' "The Barber of Seville", the June article on picnic gear, and a feature on Girls on the Run.
Has this experience been a rewarding one for you? Why or why not?
• How do the people you work with treat you? How does it make you feel?
I’m sure I’ll touch on it more in my reflection, but as my internship begins to wane (though it’s still waxing in intensity!), I think I owe it to my coworkers to express just how much I genuinely like and appreciate them. They are all fantastically kind, friendly, understanding, and flexible, and it’s this benevolence that makes me sad to (eventually) leave.
I believe in every situation someone is put into, especially in a professional or a work environment, there are a variety of things they have opinions on, in terms of how the business operates. This could be about the environment, social culture, the protocol, or about how the business operates itself. So naturally, in regards to my internship, there are a few things that, if I had a say in the matter, or if I was in charge of operations, that would be different about this organization. First of all would be communication.
This past week I was invited to participate in a networking event with my internship. The event was more of a competition, but I had the opportunity to talk to people in the same stage of their careers as me and also people who have been in the sports journalism field industry for years. I participated in the Michigan Office Solutions College Sports Scribes Experience at a Grand Rapids Griffins game. The night began with a panel of professionals talking with us about how to enter in the industry and the best way to market ourselves.