So today is my last day of interning with the Sierra Club. This summer really flew by and looking back, I can see that I really learned a lot. Not only did I learn about environmental issues specific to Massachusetts, but I also learned a lot about state politics and how an organization like the Sierra Club functions at the state level. I also developed better phone skills and was able to use my writing and researching skills in a non-school setting which was really cool because I’ve had to write several research papers at Dickinson and I enjoyed applying that in the real world.
On a non-school-related note, I really really enjoyed working in Boston everyday and I’m really going to miss it. Before this summer, I had gone into Boston occasionally, but after this I think I’m really going to miss it. I love how interesting and convenient the city is (when I say convenient, I mean you can buy any food anywhere!) and even though I have always disliked crowds, I did not dislike the crowdedness of the city.
When I think back to how I first got this position, I see how lucky I have been for it to be as successful as it was. By sending a last resort email to see if any positions had opened up, I was given an incredible opportunity to learn things I a confident could never have been taught in a classroom. I only recently started paying attention to politics (ie. when I started college and this fascinating presidential election began) and I still have a lot more to learn but I feel considerably more confident about my knowledge and I value that very highly.
This experience went above and beyond my expectations and I will be eternally grateful for this opportunity. Don’t be afraid to send that follow up email. 🙂