When I knew I was coming to Washington DC, I had no idea what to expect from my internship site. No amount of pre-professional coaching and research could tell me what I would need to be prepared for. I read about CentroNía before and I spoke to a Human Resources representative on the phone. She sounded so nice on the phone but I was still nervous. I did not know how easy or difficult it would be that I was coming from another country with a different culture and different ideas. On the first day I had an orientation meeting and I met Carmen, Alberto, Brian and Jesus, my fellow Washington Center interns. I realized all of them were feeling like me and I felt a little better because I knew I was not alone.
Since the beginning, everyone was very kind. A Human Resources representative gave us a nice presentation about CentroNía and later took everybody to our respective offices where we met all the incredible staff we would work with.
Our adventure began… and the first week went like this:
Day 1: Overwhelming - to say the least!
Day 2: I wondered what I was doing at this internship. I felt so lost.
Day 3: I loved my internship! I was in the Development Department and I started to get familiar with their work. It was surprising for me because I never imagined what incredible amount of work there is to provide low-income families with the help they need.
Day 4: I learned so much! I got involved with the process or writing a grant and now I know that it is not an easy job; it requires so much time and effort. I continued to learn more about CentroNía and its programs, particularly at the Family Center.
I am so thankful I chose the internship I did. There are not enough words to describe the incredible time I had working at CentroNía. I´m sure all of my friends from the Washington Center feel the same. I highly recommend CentroNía as the best internship site option to learn about the non-profit world, to develop professional networks, to build leadership skills, and to have a great experience in a professional, multicultural environment.