DoSomething.org wasn’t my first internship but it was first in a lot of other ways. I realized that this is the first place I’ve never looked at the clock to see if I could leave. Seriously, I am as comfortable here as I am at home or with my friends. Because of that, I’ve never minded staying late (once till 1 am) with Keri, Lauren and Michelle, disco ball alight, to work on a project. It’s the first time I’ve been able to see the impact of the work I’ve done (and it feels awesome!). Definitely the Thumb Wars redesign has been one of the highlights of my internship. Having Jeff and Bob help teach me Google Analytics to pull apart the current site and figure out what was working and what wasn’t was very cool. Getting campaigns and tech on-board to rework something they’d already put a lot of time into was nerve-racking but with Keri’s support we convinced them to do it. Keri and I worked on a new design. The Tech team built it and tweaked it while data monitored it on optimizely. In the end boosted member acquisition with a cleaner, more compelling design that we might not have arrived at without the data to lead us in that direction. Aside from that, I’ve gotten to design a wealth of assets across many different mediums from print to web to TV in various styles. It’s allowed me to flex my creativity and try new approaches to design in a way no other internship would allow. Keri has been a big part allowing me to experience such a wide variety of design and she’s supported me all the way through this internship. She’s also helped guide me stylistically and helped improve my efficiency in terms of design. I’ve loved every second of being here and have learned more in 10 weeks than I did in a year of school. Thank you Keri and Do Something for making this summer incredible.
Why I love DoSomething.
DoSomething is truly a special place. Two years ago I walked in the door for the first time and I immediately knew that this place was special. It’s not the mission, or the office, but the people. What an incredible community of smart, motivated and welcoming people. When I first started here, DoSomething was a 25 person not-for-profit start-up with big goals and huge character. In the last 3 summers I have watched those goals get accomplished, and that character get stronger.
One of the unique aspects of interning at DS is that inters are given real responsibility. This made me feel empowered and valued, which in turn motivated me to do my best work. One project that was especially rewarding was working on a presentation about how DS talks to its users. This presentation let me look at DS as a whole.
This summer I have had the pleasure of working with 23 incredible college students that embraced me and helped me discover my true potential here at DS. My table, made up of four college students from all different backgrounds, was especially welcoming and encouraging. I have enjoyed every second I have spent with them, and I will miss them immensely when they leave.
One of the projects I worked on this summer was a new campaign called Pics-for-Pets. I worked with Lauren, who was amazing and helpful. The two of us worked for hours each day reaching out to animal shelters all across the country. The project was especially rewarding because I really enjoyed working with Lauren.
Writers block serves as a major source of frustration for me. In all seriousness, it is probably one of the reasons why I decided to major in math. I needed to dodge as many written assignments possible before I pulled all my hair out (although I have re-entered the playing field by picking up a second major in Geography).
Regardless, in short, writing stresses me out.
However, this written piece Sarah has assigned is different. It puts me in a new discomfort zone and stems a novel writer’s block experience – the weird, paradoxical kind, where I can answer the prompt in a million ways but have no idea where to begin. A case where the “too many choices” paralyzing effect certainly holds true. So, instead, I will proceed by presenting images that illustrate my past 10 weeks at DoSomething.org.