Here are 4 reasons to do your internship with a grassroots non-profit organization
Internships can be very valuable; they build CVs offer opportunities to explore, and can get you the necessary study credits. Most companies offer internship positions, and there is plenty to choose from in the corporate world. Another, and perhaps better option is to spend your internship with a non-profit organization. Here’s why an NGO internship, and particularly one with a grassroots organization.
1. Making an impact
The obvious benefit from interning for an NGO is that you’ll be contributing to a social or environmental cause. Your time and efforts will help achieve something worthwhile, which can be hugely rewarding. Depending on the type of organization and the nature of your work, you might see your work pay off. Projects reaching their funding goals, structures being built, trees being planted, and lives being changed. That is a priceless experience. Although you’re working towards a cause instead of a profit, this doesn’t mean your experience will be less in-depth or challenging – or less valuable for your future career. In fact, the opposite might be true.
2. Having your skills used and appreciated
Nonprofit organizations understand like no other how valuable time and skills are. Both financial and human resources are often limited, so all support gets well used and hugely appreciated. This means you will use your skills to the fullest, and possibly also explore other areas within the same organization. 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.
3. Having lots of responsibility
You are also likely to have more responsibility as an intern at a large company. All support counts significantly at small nonprofits. Supervisors will spot the potential in interns and give them freedom and space to take on large tasks. Though this can be challenging, it is also hugely empowering. You might surprise yourself with your own capabilities.
4. Working in a close-knit team
This does not apply to all NGOs, but many NGO offices have a very informal work culture and a family-feel. Many small nonprofits are 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.
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