It is weird for me to think that I am halfway through my internship, and yet by the same token that I still have so much time left. When I first entered AVODAH five weeks ago I was excited by all that I would learn and the opportunities I would have, and I certainly have gained a lot from this experience. I had the opportunity to work at a fundraiser that was attended by more than 200 people, and learned how to mingle with extremely influential members of the Jewish Service community.
I have also been able to learn about software tools such as Salesforce, which holds current, alumni, and staff contact information, as well as records of phone calls and donations made by these members. The skills that I have gained this summer are extremely valuable. However, I mentioned in my last post that this summer was going to be a trial for me on whether my passions sided more with community service or with theater, and I believe I have discovered my answer (although it may change 100 more times between now and when I graduate). AVODAH is a wonderful organization, and I want to make that clear before I continue, but I have come to realize that my interest and passions lie more with theater. However, I am really thankful to have given this opportunity to discover this passion, and also to spend a summer in such a wonderful city. Internships are an opportunity to explore career prospects and this experience has better aligned me with my preferred path. In the future, I foresee myself supporting a non-profit in more of a volunteer capacity.
Again, this should not dissuade anyone from applying here because I think AVODAH is wonderful, and I have loved and been inspired by everyone I’ve met. In fact, it is a testament to AVODAH that I enjoy coming into work every day. There is no denying that it is a noble endeavor to work in a social justice field, and the feeling you get from helping others is unmatched. However, if there is something that you really love doing and you can find a profession in it, then you have to follow your heart. At the end of the day, I want to go into the theater after I graduate because it excites me in a way that no other field does. I am glad that I took this summer to test out working in a non-profit, because it taught me to go for what I really love moving forward, but also to make sure that I do not forget my love of service.
– Jessica Star ’17
2 thoughts on “Is This Where I Really Want to Be? : My Midway Point at AVODAH”
Jessica I am so happy to hear that yo are getting to know yourself and what it is you want to do with your life. The truest thing that I have been told in regards to internships is that “what ever you do, the internship will let you know one of two things: either you want to continue to do something like it or you do not.” I think you’ve seen for yourself how true that statement could be and have been able to simultaneously appreciate the things you are learning. I hope that you will continue to grow at your internship and come closer to figuring out what your passion is.
That’s great that you were able to make such a big decision from your experience! Seems useful. I’d be interested to learn more specifically what you found less exciting about non-profit work, in person.
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