By Liz Wooley, CCI Intern
There are pros and cons to being an intern in the non-profit world. The pro is being a part of an organization that is a part of the bigger picture of a community and you get to share in and contribute to the work they do. The con is not having the full privileges of the staff or a specific job title, limiting the work others give you. This is not to say you won’t have the opportunity to shine or take the lead on a given task or project, it merely means you are an intern.
The definition of an intern is a person who works as an apprentice or trainee in an occupation or profession to gain practical experience, and sometimes also satisfy legal or other requirements for being licensed or accepted professionally. For someone like me that experience is a requirement in my pursuit of a Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Management.
Here at ASC, being an intern is more than just stuffing envelopes and taking phone calls. Instead it is a chance to experience what the organization does, and gain inside knowledge and a better understanding beyond the presumed reputation. As an intern in the Cultural and Community Investment department I am able to work with educational cultural partners to participate in a CMS event with principals. This is an opportunity to build relationships not only with cultural institutions but also CMS leadership. I am also able to provide feedback on small marketing endeavors like video storylines and edits and assist on larger community projects. These are all very different but very rewarding experiences to take with me as I move forward in this role, or future roles.
ASC is an innovative, idea-generating organization so things change daily and with that comes some slow days as things are approved, but once something goes from idea to execution then the real excitement begins. As an intern it is my opportunity to be witness to these changes and also participate in them. This internship has opened up a new avenue for me and given me an opportunity to experience an organization I would not have otherwise considered. Now, if all goes well, this could be the catalyst for something new and exciting in my career path.