By Willa Neale
On my first day as an intern at Keep Akron Beautiful, I had no idea how many opportunities would be made available to me. I am so thankful for all that I have gained! I have loved being a part of so many major events such as Summit Lake Clean Up, Arbor Day, Clean Up Akron Month and Super Saturday and I am grateful for the hands-on experiences that I have gained during my time here.
My experience with Keep Akron Beautiful has been so much more than a Public Relations Internship. Since starting in January I have had the chance to take on so many different roles. No two days were the same, and every time I stepped into the office I felt like I was trying out an exciting new profession. Some days I felt like an event planner. Other days I felt like a journalist and photographer. I even had days where I felt like a graphic designer, a social media specialist or an environmental activist.
Since starting at Keep Akron Beautiful, I have gained a deeper passion for the environment and a greater understanding of non-profit work. I have been able to see immediate results when a community comes together for a common goal and I have witnessed the impact that small group of determined people can make when they are driven to make a difference.
No matter what task I was completing, I felt support and appreciation from the entire staff. All of their help has allowed me to grow so much professionally this semester, and I feel prepared to take on whatever my future holds. I am even more excited to begin my internship with Akron Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network next fall because if the amazing learning experience that I have had with this office. I am so thankful for every day that I have spent at Keep Akron Beautiful, and I look forward to volunteering with this office in the future!