An Intern’s ExperienceAugust 7, 2017 | 2:45 pm |
During this past spring, I, like many college students, was searching for a summer job. I was at my wit’s end trying to figure out what I was going to do in terms of a summer job. Out of the blue, my dad reached out to talk to a former co-worker, who suggested Move for Hunger since she knew Adam Lowy and thought it may be something I wanted to look into. I had worked with local food banks and pantries during previous summers and loved it!
My dad shared the information about Move For Hunger and I was interested. But I’m not going to lie, I was not 100% sure if it was something I wanted to do as my summer job. I decided to take a leap of faith and sent in my application. After I waited nervously and obsessed, driving myself crazy and nearly making myself sick, I finally got a response. Luckily and much to my surprise, I got selected to come in for an interview!
Boy am I glad I sent in my application and trusted my gut because it was one of the best decisions I have ever made! The day of my interview I woke up with so many things going through my head. “Will they like me? How do I answer their questions correctly? Will I mess this up?”
When I finally got to my interview, all those thoughts when out the window! I had taken a class during my spring semester on interviewing skills so I was not completely clueless. Once I met Adam and Kara, their kindness put me at ease. After the interview, all I could do was hope for the best. I obsessed as I nervously waited for a response. When I did hear back, they told me that I got the position. I was SO THRILLED!!!
I quickly found out how amazing the Move For Hunger team is! Adam is my boss and the Founder of Move For Hunger, Kara is the Events Manager, along with Katherine who I work with the most. Dan is in charge of communications. I hung out with Dan and worked with him on a video for Hunger Action Month. I’ll even be making a small appearance. Dana is in charge of graphics and I helped her out when needed. I work with a team of 15 interns, and all fifteen are nice and friendly.
As an intern, I helped out with whatever needs to be done to allow the upcoming food drives to go off without a hitch. I work three days a week, and my tasks vary on a day to basis. Some of my jobs and tasks include:
1. Check Salesforce for opportunities and recent activities and see if we need to check in. We log everything into to Salesforce to keep a record of the communication between us.
2. Put together food drive kits to send to people who are hosting food drives. I would prepare the kits with a mailing label and stamps.
3. I also would write thank you notes after food drives are finished.
4. In addition to the food drives, I also took inventory on T-shirts and Team Move For Hunger Gear.
I enjoy doing these tasks and helping out and being productive.
As an intern, I was also responsible for a handful of larger projects to work on:
1. Find two articles about hunger or food waste each week, and write a blurb about them for social media.
2. Write a blog post about my experience I had as an intern (you are reading it right now!)
3. Work with the graphic design interns to create an infographic about hunger.
4. Check all our movers’ websites and see if they had a Move For Hunger logo or not on their pages and enter that information into Excel. From there, the programming team would work to add the ones that were missing.
I liked mixing the project with my daily tasks so I was not doing the same stuff every day, or working on one thing for very long. The tasks are never too difficult and if you need help, the staff and fellow interns are always willing to help you.
Working at Move For Hunger has been the best! I could not have asked for more supportive, welcoming, and warm team members. One instance of their kindness and helpfulness was the day my computer stopped working. I was really upset and started breaking down a bit. I didn’t want them to think I was unprepared, but they all came and asked me if I was ok and explained to me that it’s OK and happens to all of us. We all have bad days and it did not change or reflect their opinion of me. It made me feel much better and helped me a lot, and I appreciate that they took the time to reassure and support me. My bosses and fellow interns have always been encouraging, and I will miss working with them.
My experience at Move For Hunger was an amazing one and it has changed my life for the better! I learned so much here. I think that Move for Hunger is a great organization and I hope to work for an organization like them in the future. For now, I’ll continue to support them and help them in any way I can.