My Summer as the AAFW-NEI Intern
To say I’m thankful is an understatement
I’ve enjoyed my time at my internship more than, I think, my three supervisors know. Every time I would call or see my friends, we discussed what we were doing with our summers. I always, enthusiastically, told them about the work I was doing with the Association. Even in the first few weeks, when I didn’t know that much about it, I would tell them how excited I was about all the different activities I was doing or planning to do this summer.
Now, my portfolio is updated with awesome content that I had the opportunity to create. My resume has a whole new look. My future interviewers will be able to hear all about my advantageous experiences. This internship was an awesome opportunity and a true privilege.
Besides, the loads of free candy, breakfasts, and coffee (good coffee at that) that I received this summer, I also, obtained a remarkable learning experience. I already have a 4-page document to detail these lessons, but I’m sure I could never write down every single piece of information that this internship has taught me. Here, I have created a summary list of the knowledge I have received this summer.
- Technical skills – While creating content, doing registrations, and working in the office, I have worked with new programs, like Survey Monkey, Google Voice, Mass email organization, the postage machine, and large-scale printing practices. I’ve also discovered more tips for working with InDesign and Excel.
- Events – Throughout the internship, I saw and assisted with the planning of the June Breakfast Connection, the Golf Outing, several committee meetings, and a few education events. I learned the amount of preparation that goes into events of varying sizes and aspects, to plan for, that I haven’t thought of before.
- Social Media – I regularly engaged with our Facebook page, scheduled posts, and observed Peggy do her behind-the-scenes work to improve our customer engagement on social media. I found new tips for managing an organization page and discovered what content followers interact with the most.
- Teaching – Even though I never taught, I did observe a few education sessions that the Association put on. I learned a lot just from documenting evaluation comments alone.
- Website – By writing a blog every week and attending staff meetings, I found out about website upkeep and how to maximize SEO.
- Blog – I practiced writing for an organization on a weekly basis, sometimes twice a week. I balanced writing with my other projects, and learned how to make brief but engaging posts.
- People – I saw how the majority of people in marketing and sales are fully invested in the success of their company, and therefore, passionate about their jobs. I recognized how friendliness and kindness will take you far in your personal and business relationships. I got to know the wonderful women of the Association, whose guidance extended beyond what I could have ever expected.
- Networking – This is a super important skill in any career, so it makes sense that the Association does everything they can to make it accessible for their members. I got my shot at networking several times throughout this summer, and met some incredible people. Follow me on LinkedIn, if you’d like to stay connected!
- The Multi-Family Housing Industry – I didn’t expect to learn as much as I did about this industry alone. Through events, phone calls, registration, and conversations, I’ve acquired a great deal of information. I can definitely say that any business who works in this industry should be a part of their local Association for endless tools to thrive because being a registered member is priceless.
- Design – I published several of my own pieces, from brochures, to ad pages, to FB designs, to cards. I also observed the process of publishing by touring two places who dealt with parts of the printing process and talking to Peggy about publishing the Apartment Guide.
- Miscellaneous – Raspberry chocolate coffee is possibly the best home-brewed coffee, I’ve ever tasted. The cure to a bad start to the work day is slowing down, sipping some coffee, and listening to a good playlist.
- About Myself – I love having female bosses (though I would never want to exclude men, as we are equal). It’s just great that we can have casual conversations about women stuff, like the perks and pitfalls of wearing a dress to work. I have found great satisfaction in my work with the Association, and I feel more confident than ever in my desire to work in marketing. I only hope that I can find a career where I am able to apply the skills I have cultivated at the Association.
I cannot express enough how much I have treasured my time at AAFW-NEI. As I sit in my front desk chair for the last time, typing these words into Word, I have to pause and enjoy this moment.
Thank you to everyone I met this summer. You made my internship more than worthwhile, especially my supervisors Beth, Peggy, and Hope. My gratitude for all your patience, generosity, and compassion is immense.