By Kathryn Cleary, Development Intern
Let’s refer back to my jingle; everyday hundreds of people call the downtown Indianapolis area their home from 9am till 5pm. These are the people surrounding me as I make my way into to work, and these are the people who make up the various companies and organizations whom The Center seeks to know. So as I am walking to work, I like to observe. I like to observe where people are going, what they are talking about, and how they seem to act. Are they similar to me? Do they have the same interests that I do? All questions that one might ask. This is the observation stage of the development intern’s day.
Congratulations, it’s almost 5pm which means it’s almost time to head home after a long and very tedious day. But the final thing left to cover is the execution stage of the development intern’s day. As an intern I sometimes think to myself, but I’m just an intern, what can I actually do? Nonsense, do you realize how many important emails you, smallish intern, are CCed on every day? Do you realize that your research and preparation will be used to catapult The Center into a successful 2015 year? There is no such thing as just an intern here at The Center. So before it’s time to leave the office, you are scheduled to attend a meeting with your supervisor and the Marketing and Communications Staff and intern the next day. Little do you know, however, is that during that meeting you, yes you, development intern, will have a say in what organizations The Center wishes to propose a future project to. Et voila! C’est ma vie!
I love being the Development Intern, because it gives me something to look forward to everyday that I work. From learning about grants, to doing research, to brainstorming about events, there is always something going on! I am so grateful for this opportunity, and have learned so much in a short period of time. Although it’s hard going from the college academic setting, wearing yoga pants and ponytails every day, being an intern with The Center is something that can’t be beat. Even if it does mean wearing professional clothing, every day that you work…
Thanks everyone! Happy Fall!