Interning at Centro Las Americas (CLA).
Name: Andreas Moutsatsos
Hometown: Arlington, MA
Major: Organizational Communications
Internship Sponsor: Centro Las Americas (CLA)
- Update and create new brochures
- Design Facebook and Twitter social media outlets
- Create annual report packet
- Update and create CLA website and learn development software, Mod-X Revolution.
These tasks must be done on a specific time schedule, especially the Annual Report, which was presented at a board meeting.
My experience at CLA has taught me valuable communication, graphic design and website development skills, and have given me a real-world experience that I had been seeking since beginning college. I have learned that non-profits, like CLA, have an organizational structure and culture that requires employees to get work done at the same efficiency level as for-profit corporations. CLA has also taught me to work above and beyond what I thought I could accomplish; I am having a challenging internship experience.
My supervisor, Elvis Lopez, Director of Administration and Finance, has a lot of experience in business, including accounting, which added to my financial skills. Mr. Lopez showed me that the key to being a successful non-profit is planning and organization. This will greatly help me prepare for a job opportunity after graduation because I started to draw parallels between what I learned in my communications classes and what Mr. Lopez was teaching me about organizational communication and efficiency.
Working on new brochures, updating the website, and creating social media outlets for CLA has made me feel like I am a vital part of the organization. I feel I am actually adding greater value to this small organization than I would be at a large corporation.
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