I’m currently working as the marketing and development intern for the nonprofit Andree Collective located in Philadelphia, Pa.
What is Andree Collective?“Andree Collective is a first-of-its-kind nonprofit event planning organization that leverages the $70+ billion wedding industry to empower female trauma survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Survivors in our program receive therapy, job coaching, and financial training to equip them with the means to sustain a life apart from their abusers.”
With this being my first internship, my intentions were to learn as much as possible. I was nervous that with being the youngest in the organization and having the least amount of experience, I would be brushed aside. I was completely wrong. The team at Andree Collective welcomed me with open arms. This was my first experience ever where I was surrounded by a whole team that wanted to help me learn and succeed. They gave me freedom on tasks to try, fail, and succeed. This is a great example of a group of people who you should aim to surround yourself with in a workplace.
When looking for an internship, search for a company with a positive, encouraging environment. You want people who will challenge and teach you. Don’t let your title in the workplace confine you to your abilities, you can always speak up to do or learn more about other opportunities.