October 1, 2014
By: Carolyn Nachman @carolynnachman
When I began college at OU three years ago I knew I wanted to spend one summer in Athens before I graduated. With one summer left, it was my last chance to experience Athens in all its summer glory. When it was time to start my summer internship search, I started looking around Athens and the surrounding area. For such a small town there are more opportunities than you would think. Between internships with the school, and newspapers in the surrounding area, there was plenty to apply to. And then I got an email about an internship opportunity with a non-profit environmental sustainability organization. Having never worked in non-profit, or really thought about working in non-profit, I applied on a whim. After an interview, I got the internship doing social media and communications at Rural Action.
After a three-month internship working in the non-profit sector of communications, I started to re-think my plans after graduation. I absolutely loved working for a non-profit organization. Working towards something you actually believe in, and working with people who are passionate and dedicated towards what they’re doing is an amazing experience. It’s nice to be able to make a phone call, and at the end of the conversation hear the person on the other end of the line tell you what a great job your organization is doing and how you’re really making a difference. It’s nice to hear, and not the kind of thing many people get to hear on a daily basis.
Another thing that was nice about working at a smaller organization is that I got to do a little bit of everything. My main work was with social media, but I got to work on event planning as well and a little bit with Photoshop (a new experience for me) – although the program still terrifies me.
I had all these amazing work experiences while also enjoying Athens summer. Trips to Strouds, beer at the River Park pool, and not having to push your way through crowded bars on Court Street are just a few of the many perks of summer in Athens. Then there’s Boogie on the Bricks, which was by far my favorite weekend in Athens to date. If nothing else, make sure you are in Athens for that one weekend during the summer.
Overall, my main takeaways from this summer are as follows:
- Experience a new area of strategic communications you’ve never considered working with before. You never know what you could be missing out on.
- Experience summer in Athens, it’s the only time in your life you’ll be able to do that – and trust me, you won’t want to miss Boogie on the Bricks.