As this internship comes to an end, along with the dwindling days of summer, I am forced to reflect on the last few months and on this internship experience as a whole. My thoughts also lead me to consider the people I’ve met and the relationships built along the way. I’m curious to see and hear about where we all end up after this. Will you stay within the co-op sector? Are you staying on at the co-op you are at now? Where will we all be a month from now???
Having the privilege of working with the small but mighty team here at On Co-op has opened up the breadth of my hands-on experience tremendously. It has been invaluable to be able to play a part in so many of the important initiatives coming out of this org. From preparing everything and anything for the infamous Co-operative Young Leaders (CYL) program, to guiding its progress throughout the summer; facilitating workshops, webinars and training sessions for various On Co-op members; supporting the dissemination of information about the Co-operative high school curriculum “All 4 Each”; to sitting in on the first meetings of the International Year of Co-operatives taskforce for Ontario. I am so pleased to have been involved in all of these projects and more.
I’ve also noticed the positive reputation that On Co-op holds within the co-op sector throughout Canada, and that is not a bad thing to flaunt when the time comes to search the job market again (actually, I think that time has come and gone!). But all joking aside, it has been an incredible learning experience to have been placed within such a dynamic and creative group of co-operators ;) One could only hope to work in this kind of environment throughout their entire career.
So, will I still be at On Co-op a month from now? Who’s to say? But I do know that wherever I am, the skills that I have developed here will be invaluable to me throughout my career path. And the connections and friendships made during these 6 months will hopefully last well beyond this internship.
So, where has your internship led you? What are your plans? Where do you hope to be next month?
Keep us all posted.