What I Learned at the National Credit Union Foundation

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.