Over the past five months, I have been interning with this kooky bunch. The opportunity was presented to me after I took a Fundraising Trends course that Merritt teaches every spring at Rockhurst University.
Every so often, great learning experiences like this will appear on one’s path. When this happens for me, there are few things I like to keep in mind to make the most of the experience:
- Be like a sponge. Soak up all the information offered and observed—whether it’s tips on writing, organizing, or communicating with clients and coworkers. I took note of it all. The folks you’re working with are pros and make the best teachers, so pay close attention.
- Be the kid who raises their hand five times in one class—or in one workday. Unsure about something? Just ask! In my mind, it’s always better to verify directions on an assignment, rather than doing it wrong. The confidence will show in your work and you won’t have to waste precious brainpower on learning the same thing twice!
- Add new tools to your toolbox. In college, a professor told our class we had personal toolboxes. These included professional experience, workplace skills, education, and positive personal characteristics. Many of these “tools” can also be transferred to a resume. While I’ve been here, I have kept a list of new tools to add to my box—updating it every week or two.