First of all, let me start by saying, have we really been at our internships for over a month? I can’t believe that we’re more than halfway through our allotted “internship” time! What a fast, wild ride this has been.
Although I am VERY happy at my internship and my boss has expressed that he is very happy with the work I am doing, I can’t help but ask myself, am I what they hoped for? Last week I struggled with this a lot. Although I am sure that it was 50% insecurity, and 50% made up in my own head, it’s really important to me that my boss feels like he made the right choice with choosing me as an intern. I want him to feel as though we BOTH got something beneficial out of this internship.
I think that the most important thing for me to do at this point, is to focus on my strengths, and to use them to my advantage. In my interview with my boss, I remember him telling me that he was excited about my writing skills. He even quoted me in an article I had written for a previous internship, telling me he wanted me to bring that creative writing to our non-profit. I think this is what I need to focus on.
With things changing at the workplace (the president is leaving at the end of the month), and people beginning to reevaluate what their role at the non-profit is, I realized that I need to do the same. I need to step up and take on tasks that aren’t necessarily expected of me. So this week I volunteered to work the registration table at a formal event we are throwing, I volunteered to “table” at the Latino Equity Health Conference, which we are sponsoring, and I spoke up during the staff meeting when my coworkers were confused about Twitter and how it can benefit our non-profit. I need to establish myself as an addition to the non-profit, someone who adds to the great work that we are doing in the community.
So, to leave you all with a little cliche that I learned from the school of life (I’m a sucker for cliches), you get out what you put in. Keep it rolling PDXSX.