Three weeks ago I began my internship at March of Dimes, the non-profit organization that is fighting to prevent preterm births. As the nerves started to kick in, I gathered information from other friends who have had internships in the past. Most of their experiences had me all shook up saying things such as, “The most work I did, going to get coffee every hour,” or “I hope you love excel.” Needless to say, I did not know what to expect. And so I walked in on my first day of work with an open mind and an anxious attitude.
The minute I got there, nothing but positive attitudes surrounded me.
All of my now co-workers were eager to get me started, especially my supervisor and community director, Joanne Marder. Joanne and I clicked within seconds, and introduced me into the auction committee for the Signature Chefs Auction. The auction committee is responsible for doing community outreach via e-mailing, direct mail, and calling potential donors. Joanne put me to task and I began to deliver. Working with Joanne is a refreshing opposite of what friends have told me. She allows me to experience first hand how and what to say to engage a potential donation or sponsorship. She never excludes me from an important detail or mistake one should know. In the three weeks I have been there, I have learned more about myself, the business, and the purpose of non-profit organizations. I am surely looking forward to what’s to come at March of Dimes this summer.