In celebration of the graduation season and in honor of everybody wearing their caps and gowns…

Like most young people in college, I didn’t know what type of job was right for me.  I knew I wanted to help people, but I wasn’t sure what career path was the best match.

So, I tried an internship program with a community organization. During that experience, I discovered the wonderful world of grant writing and was introduced to the career opportunities available in the nonprofit sector.

My internship taught me how important it is for a nonprofit to have an effective fundraising strategy. And, I realized how I could put my skills and knowledge to good use:  by cultivating financial support for a deserving organization.

I was certain that the nonprofit sector was right for me! So, I went after fundraising jobs, building up my experience. I even decided to go to graduate school for a master’s in nonprofit management.

More than 5 years later, I still look back at my internship experience as a complete life-changer. Because I was willing to try something new, I was able to discover something that seemed relevant to who I am and what I care about.

What about you?  Has an internship played an important role in your professional development?  Leave a comment with your experience!

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