Reasons To Volunteer At DAA (Apart From Our Cats)- Will You Become Our Next Intern This October?
Author: Luna Berckmoes
Sunday 2nd of August 2015 08:18:03 PM

Since we started our Youth For A Better World education center at the end of 2009 we have received over 120 international residential students here and around 60 interns who live in Belgium and go home at night. We're now on a summer holiday break but are looking for new interns starting the end of September, beginning of October. Are you creative, outgoing, independent, do you love social media, fashion and design, do you adore cats (we have 5 of them here) and is your English (specially written) very good? Then please write an email with your motivation to: before August 28 and we will get back to you asap!

Meanwhile, this is what our intern Luna wrote about her experiences here this spring:

"The first half of my internship has passed and it literally flew by. I would love to do a recap with you guys. What have I learned since I started here at Designers Against AIDS?

The first week I got here, I immediately got the chance to cook up a campaign for Valentine's Day. The funny thing is that I wanted to apply the strategies I learned in school, but it soon turned out I didn't quite need them. Don't get me wrong, I want to study a few more years after this, but I just understood right then and there that you learn something by doing something. At Designers Against AIDS, you get a lot of responsibilities. I heard from a few others that they just have to correct papers, or- as cliché as it gets- go make coffee.

I have always liked Photoshop, so much that I took a subsidiary course. Unfortunately, we mostly saw Indesign and Illustrator there (which I also love, of course). In this one month at Designers Against AIDS, I got the opportunity to improve my Photoshop skills even further. As I said, you only learn by doing it and, well, I got a lot of opportunities to do so. When I drove to Deurne that first day, I was a little stressed. I kept hoping that the atmosphere at Designers Against AIDS would be good. When I arrived, nothing was more true. Everyone is friendly and nice and jokes are a daily matter here at DAA.

Let me draw up a quick conclusion here: when being an intern at Designers Against AIDS, you get to learn a lot because you get a lot of responsibilities...and you get to make coffee - for yourself! When you're good at something, you get the chance to show it, because you will always get the opportunity to work on it. Also, you don't have to be afraid if you haven't got it all figured out. There's enough guidance for everyone here at Designers against AIDS! The people who work here are funny- or would you rather sit behind a desk with grumpy people? If you're a cat lover, you've come to the right place too: there are 5 cats here, who are dying to meet you (figuratively speaking)! On top of all that, you get the chance to work with celebrities and well-known designers. So what are you waiting for?!"

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