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[FAR New York]: An Intern’s Farewell, Part 1.

August 11, 2010

By Samantha McQueen

Day 1: I sat in the office of the Communications Director to discuss my role with the organization. We talked about three potential projects that I could work on. I agreed to tackle all three. When asked if I could really handle them, I simply nodded but really just sat there thinking I thought I was just supposed to stuff envelopes or something. What did I get myself into?!

The three projects somehow evolved into what seemed like a million and I think I’m up to around 15 different tasks by now. I told my new boss exactly what I wanted to get out of this from the start. How many students in my position really have that opportunity? I wanted an overview of money flow and basic communication skills: I think I accomplished that in the first week.

I’ve now published to the blog more times than I can count, learned everything there is to know about non-profit policies, and even communicated with officials halfway around the world. Oh and I somehow managed to become a Facebook expert along the way. And we can’t forget about that trip to Armenia. That was completely unexpected and amazing.

The verb “intern” literally means to constrict or confine. I don’t think my role here has been anything close to that definition. I wasn’t even confined to the country! From literally building my own job description to simply writing original blogs, I’m creatively in charge of my work here.

Last day: I’m sitting in my desk chair, actually laughing about what I wrote for day 1. The skills I’ve gained take up and entire page of my resume. And we haven’t even begun to discuss the personal changes I’ve been through…

Samantha at the FAR office in Yerevan

Samantha at the FAR offices in Yerevan

Credit: FAR Young Professional

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