By Laura Janisch, NCUF Communications Intern
At the beginning of the summer, they told me my internship would be more than just “coffee and copies”—and they weren’t kidding.
I learned more than I ever could have expected during my communications internship at the National Credit Union Foundation. My experience exposed me to real-world opportunities that not only had a direct impact on the organization, but also helped me grow as a professional and as an individual.
Looking back, some of the projects I enjoyed most were writing press releases, helping with the production of the annual report, and boosting the Foundation’s social media presence.
But honestly, what I found the most valuable was learning about the entire credit union movement and witnessing the “people helping people” philosophy every day. As a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions, the Foundation does some pretty cool things to help people across the country. And I am glad that I was able to be a part of it.
For example, I volunteered at the Foundation’s Poverty Simulation—a powerful experience designed to help participants understand what it’s like to live in poverty. While the actual simulation was eye-opening, the coolest part was listening to everyone’s ideas around how credit unions can help members in their community who are living in poverty.
Even though I’ve always been a credit union member, now that I have a deeper understanding of credit union's true mission to help make people’s lives better, I appreciate them even more.
I am thankful for all that I have learned at the National Credit Union Foundation this summer, and for all the great people I have met. I’ll be heading back to school with more than just an internship under my belt—I also gained insight on how I can use my talents and skills to help people and make a difference.