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AsylumConnect

Social Services & Outreach Coordinator Intern (Spanish)

May 2021 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I loved the message the organization stood for and the work that they were doing was incredibly helpful. It was incredibly rewarding work was a group of super nice people.

What I wish was different

The position was remote and I would have loved to be in person. However, given the circumstances it was ideal.

Advice

Don't hesitate to ask questions or for help in areas in which you are confused. The group was incredibly helpful in every step of the way.
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Social Services and Outreach Coordinator Intern

June - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I loved how supportive and flexible the staff were in helping us complete our projects. Everyone was very encouraging of questions as well as personal and professional development. Even though the organization is remote, they provide many opportunities for engagement, including social events and individual policy research. I enjoyed my experience so much that I stayed with AsylumConnect as a volunteer!

What I wish was different

More opportunities to get to know other interns

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions. Time management is also key!
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Individual Giving Fundraising Intern

June - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I am more than thankful to have gotten this unforgettable experience especially in unprecedented times of a global pandemic. AsylumConnect’s diversity, work ethics, professionalism and staff were all so inspiring, aspiring me to be the best of myself. I would like to repeat my gratitude towards their modern work setting with being so technologically advanced and ready for remote work to the point that the coronavirus didn’t impact their working style in any way. This is due to the fact that AsylumConnect is the “first tech resource platform for those fleeing persecution due to sexual orientation or gender identity”, living up to the claims of them being tech savvy especially with the organization running with staff from all over the world, working in different time zones and locations over the internet. My passion of understanding humanitarian rights and gender issues, as I hope to serve in the United Nations one day, only increased more and I have AsylumConnect to thank.

What I wish was different

I wish I had a chance to talk more in informal sessions with people from other departments of AsylumConnect. This is due to the fact that I got close to my Corporate Partnerships department and understood how inspiring it was to be around likeminded people who were doing good for the lgbtq+ people globally. However, we did have chances such as virtual brown bag meetings where a chosen staff of the week about speak in detail about their experiences and how they came to be with AsylumConnect in a slightly formal manner. Furthermore, we had virtual coffee dates where 2 members of AsylumConnect are selected to get together, chat about our hobbies to our dreams and share our experiences for other members to see. I was chosen for the month of June along with a person from the HR department.

Advice

I would advise people to be always eager to learn and endlessly seek for resources. For instance, Katie Sgarro, does an impeccable job about updating us with daily news about lgbtq+ issues from all around the world. I would readily read everything and search for more information on my own. When the time came for me to fully advocate for lgbtq+ issues by representing AsylumConnect or writing a guest blog, I already felt fully prepared due to my earnest efforts to keep up with the news before. Also, it is always helpful to be passionate and have a good understanding of the topic and mission that your organization is committed to.
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Development Intern

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Working in a newer non-profit environment

What I wish was different

Being able to go into the office more

Advice

Be more proactive about communication
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