Four Benefits of Interning at a Non-Profit Organization

Posted on Monday, Apr 16, 2018

Do you intend to intern for a non-profit organization and want to know what you can get from the experience? This spring I’ve had the opportunity to intern with the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU), the oldest higher education association in the nation, and I would like to share my top four highlights during my experience.
  1. Non-profits are a great network hub
    1. Working with non-profit organizations is an amazing networking experience. During this semester I’ve gotten a chance to reach out to some of my organization’s members, sponsors and partners to build my industry network. Every day I interact with industry professionals that are knowledgeable of the work we do at the APLU and willing to be a point of contact.
  2. Unforgettable work experiences
    1. Non-profit organizations are uniquely structured to take on impactful initiatives and untraditional task. This semester I have had the opportunity to work on projects that are much bigger than myself and see strong results. On any given day I’m working on APLU’s Global Food Security Initiatives or writing advocacy to appropriate and/or authorize international education and development programs for public and land-grant students. These type of amazing work experiences give me an internal reward/satisfaction for the work that I do.
  3. Not always a sit at the desk type of day
    1. Interning at a non-profit organization allows you the opportunity to get out of the workplace and interact within the industry. As an intern for the APLU I’m always in and out of the office attending congressional hearings, member institution events, meetings and much more. What I love the most about working with the APLU is that I can experience so much more by having the opportunity to add events of my interest to my own calendar. 
  4. People take the time to get to know you
    1. The APLU has a medium sized staff of about 60 individuals, that allows the workplace to become a small community.  This small community amongst the staff is very welcoming and friendly, especially to diversity. I love times when individuals would be eager to know me faster than I could interact with them. Higher-ups in the office have taken the time to work and talk with me personally to inform me of their background and work throughout different departments and how they can be a resource as well.
Non-profit organizations are amazing initiatives with dynamic work environments. Could you see yourself working for one and making a change?  

Winston Savoy
Association of Public & Land-grant Universities
Washington, D.C. | spring 2018