When Interning Becomes “Funterning”
Author: Evelien Peeters
Monday 7th of March 2016 12:41:49 PM

I’ve been here for a month now, can you believe it? The duration of my internship is 8 weeks and I’m starting my 5th week now. Basically that is only 20 days left. I get scared of thinking how fast it went and certainly if I imagine how fast those final 20 days will go by. 

On the one hand I feel like I have only been here for a few days, one the other hand I feel like I’ve been here for ages because I feel so comfortable here. 
I have learned a lot, a lot more than you learn in school. Don’t get me wrong- I’m absolutely pro education. What I am trying to clarify is the fact that you can learn so many theoretical things, but you’ll still have to be able to put them into practice. Which is why you need to do an internship, either if it’s obligated via your school or just voluntarily, it is always a good idea. It’s the best way to find out what you are good at, what you want, what you don’t want and to learn so much more than you already know of course.

When I was younger, the thought of doing an internship really scared me, actually it did until the day before I started here at Designers Against Aids. 
I can’t speak for other companies, organization or internships, but I really don’t have to be afraid here. I get a lot of responsibility, which is –in my opinion- the best way to learn as much as possible in this short amount of time. 
Some exciting things have been happening here and I got to be a part of it and do something good for humanity. I wanted to directly do something for a good cause rather than giving money and not knowing what is exactly done with it. 
What makes me the happiest is the fact that my personal blogs have been read a lot and the fact that they maybe made someone think about life in a new way. Even if it’s only one person you can help, it still means the world. 

I definitely believe I made the right decision to choose Designers Against Aids as my first internship and I’d recommend everyone to do it. 
You get to learn a lot, you are not sitting behind a boring desk all day, the people here are fun, you get to work for a good cause, you get to do what you like, you get all the guidance you need, you get free cuddles from the cats, the DAA headquarters is an amazing place, you get to write in English, … Shall I keep on going? 
To put it bluntly- if you work at DAA, you won’t just have an educational internship; you’ll have a lot of fun as well! 

 

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