Why a Non-Profit Internship might be the Perfect Opportunity for you
Internships can be extremely valuable for all kinds of reasons! You get more experience to add to your CV, you obtain your study credits if you need them, and there are plenty of internships to choose from all around the world. Have you considered making your internship even more valuable by choosing one in the big world of NGOs? Let’s talk about what makes Non-Profit Internships such a great opportunity!
Making an Impact
Of course, one of the biggest reasons why you might consider doing a non-profit internship is that you’ll really be making a difference for a social or environmental cause. The time and effort you put into it will help achieve something worthwhile, which can be hugely rewarding for both yourself and the organization! Although you’re working towards a cause rather than a profit, this doesn’t mean your experience will be less in-depth or challenging. In fact, the opposite might be true.
Getting Hands-On Experience
Being an intern at a non-profit means you’ll be doing tasks and taking on roles that may not be as common to interns in the corporate world. Typically, interns in non-profit organizations are highly valued and relied upon. You will gain lots of experience in many different areas of the organization.
Having your Skills used and appreciated
Non-profit organizations know like no other how valuable your time and skills are. Both financial and human resources are often limited, so your support gets well used and hugely appreciated. This means they’ll use your skills to the fullest, and possibly also explore other areas in the organization with you. At a large company, your role might be inflexible or feel insignificant. At an NGO, you are an important member of a team and your input is heard and valued. This can be a rewarding and confidence-building experience!
Having lots of Responsibility
You are likely to have more responsibility as an intern at a small company. All support is very important at non-profits. Supervisors will spot your potential as an intern and often give you freedom and space to take on large tasks. Though this can be challenging, it can also be very rewarding and empowering! You might surprise yourself with your own capabilities. It is a great way to learn more and feel more confident in what you can do, while still being supervised and supported as an intern.
Working in a close Team
You won’t find this at every non-profit internship – but many NGO offices have a very informal work culture and a family-feel. They are all driven by passion and staffed by people with a getting-things-done mentality. This doesn’t mean you’ll work less hard, but it does mean you’re more likely to be part of a close-knit team. This can make an internship feel like an inspiring life experience, rather than just work! Working around a bunch of inspiring people, all giving their time in order to make the world a better place, is an amazing feeling that you may not get in the corporate sector.
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