I consider myself lucky to be working with an organization such as Ferst Readers of Muscogee County. I had no prior knowledge of Ferst before a friend of mine recommended the internship to me during my sophomore year at CSU. I did not pursue it at the time because of work circumstances; however, when later approached by a former professor who remembered my writing skills, I knew I had to take advantage of this opportunity. After learning about the organization’s mission, I felt confident in meeting their needs as an organization. Over the past month, I have learned how to truly manage my time and responsibilities dependent upon someone else’s time frame and obligations.
My responsibilities include calling parents to welcome them to Ferst and make sure they are receiving their books, posting the monthly newsletter to the website, keeping the website updated and making any necessary changes to it and/or their social media. I have also assisted in writing articles for their monthly newsletter. This prepares me for the “real world” by introducing the idea of reliable communication habits. I have to be consistent and relatively quick in my response time to emails. I have also gained experience with performing what I like to call “quality” calls to parents. My perspective on internships in general has changed from hesitant to advocate. Its allowing me to gained necessary knowledge I can use later in life as well as utilize my skills in way I have not exercised before.