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Save the Children

Global Sponsorship Marketing Intern

June - August 2018 • Fairfield, CT

What I liked

I loved the friendly, collaborative environment and independent work that was assigned to me. I got the opportunity to work with other interns, conduct research, and present my findings to department directors.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship had been paid - as a college student, it was a strain on my finances.

Advice

Don't be afraid to collaborate with your fellow interns!
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Resource Mobilization Intern

July - August 2019 • Dhaka, Dhaka Division

What I liked

As I was the only intern in my department, I was expected to be very independent and proactive. However, everyone was always very kind and willing to help. If I was confused about something or had other questions, I never hesitated to approach my boss and team.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Writing

June - July 2018 • Colombo, Sri Lanka

What I liked

I enjoyed seeing international development in action. My favorite part was designing and leading a storytelling workshop for field staff to promote ethical and effective interviews with clients.

What I wish was different

I wish I had had more work. I didn’t feel challenged and spent a lot of my day doing personal reading.

Advice

Internships are always worthwhile, whether you gain valuable career experience or learn that the job or field isn’t for you, like I did.
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Research and Prospect Management Intern

June - August 2018 • Fairfield, CT

What I liked

The people I worked with were very smart and passionate, and it felt good to be doing something positive for the world.

What I wish was different

I would have liked to have been paid and I am not super interested in the resource development aspects of my role.

Advice

STC is a great organization and is planning on paying their interns in the future so I would recommend applying if you’re interested in the non-profit sector.
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Content Marketing Operations Intern

June - August 2018 • Fairfield, CT

What I liked

I loved how this job exposed me to a variety of Marketing sects (Communications, Campaigning, Social Media, & Publicity/PR). My manager had me set up meetings with different directors and this is how I was able to network with other departments. I enjoyed this part of my internship the most because I was able to ask the directors questions such as, "how did you get from college to Save the Children?", "what is your function at Save the Children?", and "what do you like most about your job?". Asking these questions helped me narrow down what I want to pursue with marketing. Also, I enjoyed working on projects where I could utilize my creativity. These projects involved putting together Digital Content Collections, and constructing the Content Corner of the "Weekly Word" (Save the Children's newsletter).

What I wish was different

I wish I had done more creative tasks, instead of spending a majority of my summer copying and pasting ID numbers/labeling each ID on Excel.

Advice

If I could offer anyone advice about this experience, I would tell them to be prepared for the unexpected. For instance, the job description for my job was not exactly what I worked on for the entire summer. There was never any mention of photo migration, yet that ended up being my duty for the most part. There was never any mention of skill-development work shops, or one-on-one meetings with directors. For any job (& in life), I recommend being prepared for the unexpected. If the task you are assigned to do it completely different than the job description, then bring that up to your supervisor. However, if the task you are assigned is relevant to your job then you should go into it with an open mind - it will turn out to be a great learning experience!
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Intern

July - August 2018 • Amman, Amman Governorate

What I liked

Experiencing a work environment in a different country. Meeting new people.

What I wish was different

I wish I had a larger/ more rigorous workload.

Advice

Plan months in advance if you are wanting an experience; either domestic or overseas.
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Communication lead

March 2018 • Spokane, WA

What I liked

I like working with other parents and staying involved with advocacy

What I wish was different

I wish I had more organized hands on opportunities

Advice

This experience was really empowering and uplifting
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Corporate Partnerships Intern

June - August 2018 • Fairfield, CT

What I liked

Really great professional development opportunities and opportunities to learn more about programs you're interested in.

What I wish was different

More interaction with the agency as a whole and teams outside of Corporate Partnerships.

Advice

Definitely ask how you can get involved in additional projects that align with your interests.
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Marketing-Communications Intern

June - August 2018 • Washington, DC

What I liked

I enjoyed getting a lot of experience writing and data visualization.

What I wish was different

Save the Children is a large organization with a lot of bureaucracy involved, which slowed down a lot of projects.

Advice

Be comfortable with a relatively slow pace.
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