Asheville - Four months ago when I was sitting at my desk searching an endless pool of internship opportunities in the nonprofit field, I never expected to find an organization that seemed to match my professional interests so perfectly.
I grew up in Asheville, and after studying Elementary Education and Nonprofit Studies at NC State in Raleigh for the past three years, the idea of returning to the mountains for the summer was more than enticing. When applying for internships through the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation brought to light the opportunity to work with Asheville GreenWorks I knew I had to be a part of this organization. I was positive that I would gain great experience toward my professional goals if I could intern with GreenWorks over the summer.
I have been working for about a week now and I can already tell that my high expectations for the experiences I would have with Asheville GreenWorks were not high enough. As I become more familiar with the seemingly endless list of programs offered, I am continuously amazed that GreenWorks is able to provide so many terrific services to our community. It is evident that the experience each intern receives means a lot to the staff, and they truly strive to provide interns with the support and resources they need to succeed in what they are most interested in.
When I applied to intern with Asheville GreenWorks I thought I would be working with an environmental education nonprofit. Now I realize that this organization goes above and beyond my initial impression and I can not wait to be a part of GreenWorks this summer!
Becca Cohen - Z.Smith Reynolds Intern / Asheville GreenWorks