I anxiously started my first day at a fairly large nonprofit filled with questions. Many questions I had formed after being asked by pretty much every person who I spoke to about my internship about what exactly I would be doing on a daily basis.
Many questions stuck around as my first day on the job progressed. After being introduced to my cubicle and several other employees who work on my end of the office (two of which are former ducks), I had my picture taken for my fancy new security pass. This, like it has for many of my other fellow PDXSXers, made me feel incredibly official.
During the first few hours after my tours and two meetings about projects I had zero familiarity with despite prior research, I began to fully appreciate and embrace what my supervisor had mentioned several times so far. This was that I should never hesitate to ask questions and lots of them. Ask about objectives. Ask for feedback. Ask about getting involved with new projects.
Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much – Francis Bacon
I believe this will be one of my keys to succeeding at this internship. I started out sorting press clippings, but by the end of the week I was exploring Vocus and writing press releases. However, the job of sorting the press-clippings is never-ending.
Having interned at completely different types of organizations before this nonprofit, I was excited to work in new areas of public relations and be exposed firsthand to different perspectives. I had a lot of questions and finding a balance between asking them all and other at times taking the initiative to take things on without being told will be my plan to be an effective intern this spring.