Position Title: Livable Communities Intern
Graduation Year: May 2020
Major: Art + Design
Type of Internship: Design / Art
City, State: Washington, DC
Hours: 30+ hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Paid, hourly wage
How did you find this internship?
A family member referred me to this position.
What did you do as an intern at this organization?
I worked with Excel and an online database to organize information, attended multiple meetings, and spent some time on designing a graphic. I also wrote a lot of session summaries for a conference.
What did you find most rewarding in your internship?
I am glad that I discovered that this is not what I want to do. However, there were some aspects of the job that I did enjoy. Graphic design is more my speed. This internship was more communication based. I know for sure that I do not want to sit at a desk all day. I would like a job in the future that requires movement, even if that means choosing to work in a different field than graphic design. They also organized various intern events which I enjoyed. There was one event a week which was great and they had guest speakers so you got to hear about their positions and more about the company.
What were the challenges you faced in your internship?
Not receiving feedback was very difficult. The only time I got feedback was at the end of my internship with the company. Another thing I disliked was not having work to do. I felt like I was never given enough work to keep me busy and involved in the company.
If another student at TU was interested in your internship next year, what skills would you recommend they develop in the coming semesters to prepare?
Be able to use Excel, InDesign, or Illustrator. Any student in college could complete this internship due to the general tasks that were given to me. I also always suggest asking questions.
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