Being an intern should be an easy task. However, being an intern that goes above and beyond while still finding time to understand the core of what they’re working on, how that environment is built and why things move the way they do is anything but easy. This is the type of intern I hope to be at the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence. Understanding why is not always the most important aspect when dealing in a corporate setting, but is integral to the nature of my task as a student. Because of this, I hope to act and learn in a way that not only help’s INIE with it’s needs but also service my own missions. These missions are:
- Get a better understanding of how nonprofits receive funding and what exactly a business model for a nonprofit looks like.
- Network with businesses that are either members of INIE or go to INIE events.
- Learn basic workplace skills and habits that might not be mentioned in school.
- Complete my assignments with high quality and in a timely manner.
So far at INIE, I have been assigned some very interesting tasks. Aside from setting up for events, I have been handed two larger projects to work on. One of them has been the Big Bend Giving Tuesday website. Assigned as website manager, I updated and added a few plugins to the website. This was something that I understood how to do well and had previous experience with doing so it came quite easy. The other task assigned to me is to develop a membership campaign. This meant that I had to research customer retention practices along with new ways to acquire customers and get back former customers along with a timeline of implemenation. I haven’t had much experience with customer service so this was definitely something I had to put a lot of research into. Over a few work days I developed a plan that drew a lot from my online research. Both supervisors were very pleased with my work plan and asked me to create a one-page action plan that they could give to the board.
Currently, work at INIE so far has been a little slow, as Alexa, the Membership and Events Manager and my supervisor, has been on vacation. However, as it is still early on, I am hoping that when she comes back there will be more to do. Because I mentioned my interest in consulting, Alexa said when she has client meetings (that overlap with my schedule) I could come along and even participate in discussion. I feel like when I go on these meetings I will have a much better understanding what a consulting firm like INIE is tasked with doing and the types of ways they go about exciting their assignment. I count on this exposure to help me understand if consultancy is still a career path I wish to go down. I am so far enjoying what I have done at INIE and am excited to see what the rest of the semester has to offer.