Every summer, The Michael J. Fox Foundation acquires a talented pool of interns who lend their skills to our mission to cure Parkinson's, and experience the day-to-day operations of a fast-paced nonprofit working environment.
To get to know more about our interns, MJFFís Marketing and Communicationís intern, Ashleigh Levett from Sydney, Australia, is hosting a Summer Intern Q&A series on the Fox Feed blog. Todayís post features a Q&A with Peter Herron, a sophomore at Eastern University, who is interning with the Digital Strategy team.
†1.†††††† †What is the project you most enjoy working on?
I really enjoy generating Tweets and Status Updates for our Twitter†and Facebook†pages. These help inform our online community about current/upcoming campaigns and what the Foundation is working on at the moment. Additionally Throwback Thursdayís is something I also look forward to as I get to sift through old MJFF pictures and choose one to upload onto our Instagram account.
†2.†††††† What is the one thing you hope to take away from your internship at MJFF?
By the end of my Internship I want to have a solid understanding of the role social media plays in a professional environment. Being somewhat of a social media junkie myself, I never really appreciated how much leverage this ever-evolving platform can provide to an organization.
†3.†††††† What piece of advice would you give to a future intern?
My advice is to have an open mind and take every day as a learning experience and opportunity to grow. Before working here I had never considered a career in social media, I thought of it as something to be used outside the office. My opinion has definitely changed as Iíve realized that if I choose to work in an area I already have an interest in, Iíll enjoy my job.
†4.†††††† Outside of the internship, what is one thing on your summer agenda?
Iíve always been interested in reading drama novels and want to one day become a published author. So I plan to use my spare time to make significant progress on a book I hope to get published.