I cannot begin to imagine the stress and emotions that students have experienced over the past year-plus – missing graduations (a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of years of hard work!), being apart from friends, learning remotely (which many schools were sadly unequipped for). Parents turned into teachers. Living rooms turned into classrooms. I can only imagine the mess that must have come from already-frustrating group projects. Every age group missed out on peer interaction. And on top of all that, we found ourselves at a critical crossroads reflecting on equity and racial justice.

Yet, through it all, students persevered. You learned the technology, went to class, took the tests, finished the year. You looked inside yourself, reflecting and acting on your own thoughts and feelings – something that is exceedingly difficult to do, no matter your age. Many of you graduated college or high school – becoming adults and entering the working world during a year that was so very different from when I did the same years ago.

You stood strong. You were determined and undeterred. And, just maybe, you walked away with something you didn’t have 18-some-odd months ago: a determination to find a better world. To achieve equality, to form better health systems, to protect the environment.

To invest in our collective future.

If that sounds about right, Global Impact wants to invest in yours.

Six years ago (omg), I was a fresh college graduate. I finished my courses at George Mason University with a bachelor’s in English, concentrated in writing and rhetoric. I took out loans, worked part time and payed part of my way out-of-pocket – and I was BROKE by the end of it – and after my own form of dedication, I found myself where you now stand.

And let me tell you, I had no idea what I wanted to do. 

But I got really lucky. At the end of my second internship, my introverted self was forced to go to a career fair for a final college credit. Well, there was Global Impact’s booth – I stuttered through my elevator pitch, handed them my resume and left, expecting nothing. Yet a few weeks later, I got a call, and soon I was starting my summer internship post-graduation at Global Impact.

And here I am today – closing out six years of nonprofit work. Getting ready to move on to a new role in the same sector. This feeling of excitement is dusty after over half a decade sitting in a closet, but I’m ready to move on in my career. 

But I will never forget that it all started here, at Global Impact.

I didn’t know how much of a difference it could make – working for people, rather than business. As an empath, I found a way to make a difference. Previously, I grappled with a feeling of powerlessness whenever confronted by the terrible things going on in the world. But I discovered cause areas that I was passionate about. I examined my values and made choices about what I believed to be right.

It has been the most rewarding experience. And it seems fitting to share that with you all, now, as I leave to start my next chapter. 

What does an internship at Global Impact get you?

At a nonprofit, your hand is in a lot of different work. The biggest draw is that you’ll get a very well-rounded opportunity working here.
Our interns have been able to work on/in Drupal, HTML, Photoshop, InDesign, Mailchimp, Salesforce, Microsoft Teams and a number of other programs and platforms. Basically, know this: The opportunity is here if you take it.

I’ve seen so many people come and go and watched many careers blossom, both for regular employees and interns. Many of our interns stay on board – some leave for good, and some even come back. Some go on to graduate school, join the Peace Corps, go to other nonprofits or embark for a new country on their own. They’ve all gone on to find their own success. 

And no matter where you go, you’ll always remain a part of the Global Impact family.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the projects and opportunities you’ll have while interning at Global Impact:

  • Integrating with colleagues and partners from around the world
  • A robust internship program 
  • Great end-result portfolio
  • Opportunities to communicate with clients, and try a variety of different projects
  • Opportunity to present your work in front of the whole team, including the CEO

The nitty-gritty

Our internships run through three periods – spring, summer and fall – and last about three to four months each. Internships for different teams pop up depending on the time of year, but usually opportunities are regularly available for campaign engagement and marketing, partner solutions, and technology.

And! Like me, many of our staff were interns were hired on full time in the last several years.

What do you need to have to be considered for an internship?

  • You must be a current student with an accredited university, a recent college graduate or a high school graduate entering into college.
  • A personality that’s driven, determined and open-minded.
  • Excitement and willingness to learn new things and put yourself out there.
  • An eagerness to support a mission-driven organization and help change the world.

Next steps

Internships are a great way to get real world experience. They can also count as college credit. Check with your university to see if they offer the opportunity to apply your internship experience toward a “course.” Some colleges even have departments that help their students get internships.

Already did an internship and didn’t know you could get credit? Talk to your college – sometimes they’re willing to backdate credits (this happened to me!).

Experience is key when you’re just starting out. Global Impact offers its interns a fantastic opportunity to grow their skills and network – setting you up for success.

Interested in kicking off your career at Global Impact? We have an internship opening right now, so check it out!