I came into this summer knowing that -at the very least- I would get to understand how an environmental nonprofit is run. Now that I am finished, I can see how I have learned so much more. On the outside, I was just the blog-writing, media-posting, event- publicizing intern. But besides that, I was developing effective administration and communication skills. I’ve learned about the major planning that goes into an event, the importance of nonprofit and community partners working together, and the behind-the-scenes work that makes a nature center run smoothly.
Honestly, there is no way college would have fully prepared me for what to expect in the real working world.
The work consisted of more independent, self-motivated projects than the typical follow-these-exact-directions-and-get-an-A homework that I’ve done for the past 13 years. And for this reason, I am so grateful that I’ve had this opportunity to intern here.
In the future, I hope to work with communications and social and visual media for an environmental organization. While this dream job is still in the distant future, the ENC has most definitely taught me valuable, applicable skills that will prepare me for what is to come.
– Alexandria Raeann Choy, ENC Communications Intern