If you guys remember my last post, I talked a lot about accepting opportunities and being willing and able to help with whatever was asked. I’ve continued this over the last few weeks, and have worked really hard to be the perky little intern of the office. Let me tell you, it has paid off.
Over the last seven days I have actively played a role in two different conferences that my non-profit has hosted. I was asked to do everything from being the conference photographer, tabling, run errands, help run the in-conference social media, and, in general, devote a lot of time and effort to making the conferences run smoothly. Although it was hard work, I loved every minute of it, and I was rewarded with respect.
Since I started my internship almost two months ago, this was the first time I felt as though I played a very important role in the workplace. Attendees of the conferences were approaching me to introduce themselves. People were thanking me for my hard work, and there was a level of respect that was reached where I honestly felt like an equal in the workplace, rather than a temporary intern.
I’ve always taken pride in the work that I have done, but I can see now why people choose to work in the non-profit specter. People who devote their time to work at non-profits are passionate, and engaged with their jobs and the people that the work with and around. If I wasn’t sure about finding a job with a non-profit in the Portland area before, I am now. I’m excited to participate in such an active community that fights for such great causes. Could this be EXACTLY what the point of an internship is? I think so.