The Journey of an Ashoka Intern
One year ago, I sat at my desk at the Brigham Young University Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance, writing up a newsletter for my job as the director of public relations. I stumbled across these photos on Ashoka’s website as I worked:
The entire office was throwing a birthday party for Bill Drayton, Ashoka’s founder. Ashoka had been my nonprofit crush for several months by that point, but for some reason those photos put me over the top. It was like a brief window into an exciting, yet mysterious magical world; even though I wasn’t there, I felt like I was part of the celebration.
“I will work there someday,” I said to myself.
Flash forward 12 months, 7 contact outreaches, 3 application packets, 2 interviews, and 1 long flight, and here I am interning with the Ashoka US Communications Team. I couldn’t be more excited.
While at times it continues to be mysterious (so many acronyms, phrases, and teams to learn) and magical (an old fashioned candy machine with Ashoka-emblazoned M&Ms?! Rubbing shoulders with Fellows during brown bag lunches?! Seeing Bill Drayton in the elevator?! *gawk*) working here is also more fun, challenging, and eye-opening than I could have imagined.
Getting here was a long process, but it was worth every effort. I can’t wait to celebrate Bill Drayton’s birthday in person this year.
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