By Amanda Trujillo, Resource Development & Marketing Intern
Being an intern can sometimes be intimidating. Most people think interns are for office coffee runs, filing paperwork, and passing along information. At Waypoint, however, the internship experience is completely different. I volunteered at Waypoint as a Resource Development & Marketing (RDM) intern for about three months during my senior year of college. From the very first day, I knew I was going to be part of a really great team. I will admit, I was a little nervous to start working there; however, I was ready to gain the real world experience I had been craving and was hopeful that Waypoint could give that to me.
Waypoint ended up being the perfect fit for me. When I was searching for an internship, I wanted to make sure it offered me the right balance of personal and professional development and fit with my interests. At the time, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after graduation, but I was positive that I wanted my work to make a difference. Waypoint gave me that and so much more.
As the RDM intern, I felt very much a part of the team and was respected as such. My ideas and opinions mattered, and the work I was doing had a purpose. Sure, sometimes I was stuffing envelopes and labeling postcards, but those mailers were going to people who have shared their time volunteering for Waypoint or given a gift to show that they believe in the work Waypoint does. My favorite projects were creating social media plans to raise awareness for National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, National Reading Month, and National Volunteer Appreciation Month. Even though I was not directly working with the clients, I knew my work was ensuring support for Waypoint’s critical programs.
Interning at Waypoint allowed me to grow as an individual. I was able to increase my knowledge of nonprofit marketing and the nonprofit world in general. I learned so much about Waypoint as whole in just the first few weeks there, and my knowledge continued to grow throughout the internship. It was refreshing to work with an organization that cares deeply about their community and helping others! For that reason and so many more, Waypoint will always have my support and gratitude for allowing me the opportunity to grow and see new possibilities for my career!