Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Girls Empowerment Network

Fall 2018

Position: Project Management Intern
Student: Sociology Junior

I interned with the Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) as their Project Management intern this semester. My main objective was to help plan and organize their annual We Are Girls conference in Austin. However, I did many other tasks including, but not limited to, outreach, communication, and information collection. Although I only worked with GEN for a short time, I really admired the environment and staff. I would love to work with them in the future when they have open positions available.

The Girls Empowerment Network is a non-profit organization with a mission to ignite the power in girls by teaching them the skills to thrive and believe in their ability to be unstoppable. They work with girls in grades 3-12 to encourage their success and confidence. Throughout my internship, I got to see this mission in action, especially because I volunteered with a group in addition to interning. There are intern positions available with the Girls Empowerment Network that involve direct service in addition to the one I did and other office positions.

Some skills I gained were assertive communication in a professional setting and detailed event planning. I also learned more about the inner workings of a non-profit organization, which was my main goal. I have volunteered with non-profits for many years, but it is not the same as seeing firsthand the daily tasks that come together to make the organization successful.

My day-to-day tasks usually centered around preparation and logistics for their annual We Are Girls conference. Some of the tasks I performed were creating lists of potential speakers for the conference, picking up supplies for speakers, writing reminder letters to girls to attend the conference, and awarding scholarships to girls and their families. If you have a passion for girls’ empowerment and wish to gain experience in the nonprofit world, I would definitely recommend interning with GEN.

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