Our summer ETS intern reflects on her time at EWI

3 Aug

Photo by Ernesto Rivera

Today marks my last day as the Entrepreneur Training for Success summer intern at EWI, and I think it’s fitting to write a blog post about my wonderful experience this summer. I could not be more grateful to have had this opportunity to work with the dedicated group of women that keep EWI going and growing.

My passion lies with non-profits and specifically those working to serve and empower women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. Through my university, I was introduced to a summer program with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, which assists students in finding internships in the DC metro area and offers academic courses to take while interning.

Through the Washington Center, the opportunity to work as Empowered Women International’s ETS intern presented itself, and I had an immediate sense that was just the type of internship I had been hoping for. From my first day at EWI, I was welcomed as part of the team and given meaningful jobs that have kept my days exciting and busy throughout the summer. As the ETS intern, I have had the unique opportunity to work closely with the ETS program as the spring 2012 class ended and with management of the new applicants for the fall 2012 ETS classes. From sitting in interviews to organizing applications, I am thrilled to see how the women in the fall ETS classes grow their businesses and become empowered women, as the women in the spring did! I have also had great opportunities to research new topics, and I have seen the value of community outreach for non-profits like EWI.

One lesson that stands out to me from my internship with EWI is a confirmation of a Margaret Mead quote that I keep near to my heart. She said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” From my time working with EWI this summer, Mead’s words certainly seem to be true, as EWI changes the world by empowering women artists and creative entrepreneurs. I can’t wait to see how EWI continues to change the world for years to come, one woman at a time.

Sallie with interns Teal and Hellina at the EWI Spring 2012 graduation!

EWI would like to thank Sallie for her hard work, and while we would love to have her bright smile and sunny personality around permanently, we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes in the field of non-profit work and female empowerment!

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