By Markale Ford, Creative Services Intern, fall 2018
United Way of Northeast Florida is one of the best places to work, intern and volunteer.
During my internship at United Way, I gained experience, knowledge and professional skills. I have been part of some great projects at United Way and have many fond memories. I have grown so much, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Here are the top 10 highlights of my experience as a creative services intern at United Way:
I improved my skills by using Adobe InDesign on many projects at United Way.
Adobe Premiere Elements
Adobe Premiere Elements is a video editing software. At times it was stressful to navigate, but ultimately, I’ve found it to be very useful.
I was requested to speak at different rallies to kickoff United Way campaigns. I learned how to speak publicly and how to adjust to an audience.
There is always food somewhere in the building. Food is the key to having a successful day.
I began to understand that criticism is a good thing. Criticism helped me realize things aren’t perfect and everything is a process. I am now able to work through minor details and issues more easily than before.
I had the opportunity to come up with ideas for United Way’s 95th anniversary celebration. I came up with events, social media plans and volunteering opportunities.
Course skills transferred
The things I learned in class were transferable to the actual field work. I was thankful to use my skills to help further United Way’s cause.
There were different projects I had to work on at the same time. I learned how to manage my time and complete all of them in a timely manner.
Prior to interning at United Way, I did not know branding guidelines existed. I initially saw them as something that would hinder creativity; however, in the end, they helped guide me through the creative process.
The atmosphere in the office is very refreshing and relaxing. Everyone who works at United Way is professional and helped me feel welcome.