As an American University (AU) student, internships are considered an
unofficial yet crucially important aspect of our school curriculum.
Nearly every AU student has at least 2 or 3 internships under their belt
by the time they are encouragingly pushed out into "the real world”
after graduation. Though recently criticized to be cheap labor and
unfair employment, I believe that internships can often times teach a
young adult (such as me) exponentially more than a semester’s worth of
lectures and note-taking. Only real life experience can teach you what
you like and what you don’t like, what you’re good and what you need to
work on. First internships are particularly significant since this a
first trial into the mysterious adult realm of employment.
Fortunately, I lucked out on my first internship experience. I
started working at GBSN 6 months ago and will be leaving with more
knowledge and experiences than I have space for on my resume. As a
Public Communications and Marketing Major I was able to use the skills I
learned in class and further develop them in the workplace. I learned
that as an intern the most imperative thing you can do is to ask
questions and absorb as much advice and information as you can. Working
on the 2012 Conference
was one of the highlights of my time here because I truly got to
experience all of the hard work and details that are put into
orchestrating such an exciting and important event. Being able to work
on the website (which will be absolutely stunning!) was another great
experience that I otherwise would never had the chance to do. Website
design proficiency as well as just general technology expertise is
becoming a sought-after currency in the domain of Communication and
Business so I am grateful that I was able to dip my toes in it these
last few months.
Lastly and most importantly, I will be leaving these 6 months with a
deep understanding and appreciation for GBSN’s mission. I was able to
first-handedly witness the passion this team has for management
education and capacity development as well as the importance that unique
non-profit organizations such as GBSN hold. It has been an extremely
satisfying journey to see all of GBSN’s hard work put to great causes
and I look forward to seeing their new goals such as the BRiDGE program become successful.
I would like to sincerely thank Lisa, Page, Nora and Guy for a truly remarkable first internship experience.
Eva Glas interned at GBSN from January through June of 2012 and she now goes on to study at Trinity University in Dublin.