Being a Girls Inc. intern has been one of my favorite experiences during my time at college, and I’m so glad I got this opportunity. At first, I hadn’t expected to have an internship this semester at all. I contacted Girls Inc. about a summer internship possibility in March, but the position was already filled, and it escaped my mind for a while. But then they e-mailed me in late July about the fall position, which I gladly interviewed for and accepted. I’ve learned through this that sometimes the best opportunities are the ones you don’t even see coming, and I’m very thankful that my Girls Inc. internship found me!
One of my favorite parts about this internship has been this – writing blog posts for The Inspiration Project! When I write for the blog, I write about all kinds of different things; new staff additions, special programs, or fun events like Girls Inc. Day and meetings for YWIL. I sometimes even write about fun, creative subjects like ideas for feminist, girl-power Halloween costumes, or what the staff member’s favorite books are for National Read A Book Day. I love that I get to be creative and express myself in a way that helps the organization.
I’ve also loved getting the chance to interact with the girls themselves, like I did when I went to the Fall 2017 Girls Inc. Day. The girls headed to IUPUI’s School of Informatics and Technology and took part in four different STEM-based activities, working with the IUPUI students and staff. I got to go and take pictures throughout the entire event, making sure to get shots from all four activities. The girls themselves were easily the best part of the day; they were fun, sweet, and ready to try new things.
I also took pictures at the very end of my internship at Hawthorne Elementary School, during a program. The girls that day were using coloring books donated to Girls Inc. by Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care. It was great to see in person one of the programs which I have posted so much about. I loved seeing the girls interact and enjoy the program. I’m not saying I’m an expert photographer at this point, but I’ve definitely gotten practice in taking pictures of subjects who aren’t very good at sitting still!
Thanks to Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis, I have been able to learn and grow more than I would have thought possible this semester. I am very thankful to my manager, Maggie Butchko, and the rest of the Girls Inc. staff for showing me how fun and supportive a office workplace can be. It was a great experience to be surrounded by people who are so passionate about their work.
Working here has made me realize how much I would like to do this kind of work beyond this internship, and beyond graduation. Thanks to this internship, I’ve signed up to take two grant writing classes next semester, in the hopes of exploring some new, exciting paths. Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis is a wonderful organization and I’ll be sorry to see my internship end, but I know that my experience in the nonprofit world doesn’t have to end along with it. When I look at it that way, this could just be the beginning!