Internship Spotlight: Not On My Watch Mentoring Inc

Current student Laura Kelly shared the following about being an intern at Not On My Watch Mentoring Inc…

How did you find this internship?
I heard from Professor Hilary Binda that the founder, Devon McNeil, was interested in bringing on a new staff member as the organization continues to grow and reached out directly to him.

What did you enjoy most about your internship? 
Working with a mentorship organization allowed me the ability to gain experience in the behind-the-scenes, administrative aspects, as well as the interpersonal aspects when interacting directly with the young people participating in the program. This has been invaluable experience. However, I most enjoyed working with the other members of my team. Every single person was incredibly dedicated, passionate, and devoted to the mission of the organization, and this energy was what proved most important during any frustrating moments.

What did you find challenging?
As the organization is rather new, it was almost entirely up to me to build my own structure and schedule. The independence was intimidating at first and very new to me, but I also felt that it helped me learn twice as fast as I normally would have.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?
Trust in your own experience and knowledge, and be confident in bringing your ideas to the table. Additionally, internships often allow the opportunity to make connections with a myriad of professionals whether you work directly with the individual or not. Be active in fortifying those connections and take advantage of the advice and insight that they can provide you with.

By Sheryl Rosenberg
Sheryl Rosenberg Associate Director