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    Posted June 24, 2013 by
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    Becoming a Changemaker

     
    Interning at Ashoka - Innovators for the Public has been an incredible developmental experience. As an organization, Ashoka hopes to transform the world into a place where every man, woman, and child has the capacity and potential to affect meaningful change. The "Everyone a Changemaker" philosophy truly pervades the entire organization and drives the day-to-day work of each employee and staff member.

    Within Ashoka's Global D.C office, I work with the Strategic Resources department to help coordinate Ashoka's fundraising and marketing efforts. Along with my other team members, I help to explore future partnership opportunities with philanthropic individuals, foundations, and corporations. My position within Ashoka encourages interaction with staff on every team, both in the D.C office and in international offices; I also have numerous opportunities to meet the Ashoka Fellows themselves, the social entrepreneurs who help transform communities around the globe. Just this afternoon, I was able to listen to a presentation given by an Associate Ashoka Fellow who is empowering everyday citizens to engage in direct diplomacy and collaborative projects across borders. Afterwards I was able to approach the fellow and talk with him one-on-one.

    Likewise, Ashoka has excellent connections within the D.C area and helps to expand the intern experience outside of the office. Last week, for example, a group of interns from various teams were invited to participate in a private tour of the Center for Global Development and engage in a discussion with a senior staff member. Events like this don't really happen at many other organizations and I feel more engaged than some of my friends working at less impactful firms.

    While many would assume a fundraising/marketing intern would only conduct research in front of a computer screen all day, interns at Ashoka have fantastic opportunities to broaden their areas of concentration. All interns are encouraged to pursue projects of interest outside of their department in an effort to shape an invaluable summer internship experience. I am currently working on a project that hopes to unify and strengthen Ashoka's global social media strategy. This task requires interactions and dialogues with socially-oriented individuals from around the world. Skype sessions with Ashoka staff in Germany, Venezuela, or Singapore is commonplace, and interns should expect to operate on an international scale.
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