Join OrangeAid for an awesome spring semester
If it’s not obvious from the title of this blog post, we are looking for interns to join us for the fourth cycle of our internship program OrangeAid.
Let me rephrase that, we’ve gone through three cycles of the internship. Three. That’s an entire year. 12 amazing students. One brochure. Two identities. Two websites plus one in the works. One Milwaukee 99 award. One movement. And we want to do more of that, so join us. We are looking for big-hearted, passionate, talented, smart, curious and fun college students and recent graduates with 15 flexible hours a week and desire to learn, grow and help the community. Apply (click on this link) by December 18th, 2011. If you have questions, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, reach out to us on Twitter (@makeorangeaid) or even ask a question on Tumblr (yes, how fancy!).
In case you haven’t been stalking us online (that’s OK, we still like you), here’s what being part of OrangeAid means, according to Joel Rottier. Joel has been an OrangeAider for two semesters now. He is an expert on the topic, so trust him.
When someone asks me to describe my time at Jigsaw as an OrangeAid intern, one word comes to mind: Vortex. It was a word that I noticed scribbled on one of the dry erase boards around the office. I doubt it was suppose to mean anything important, but it represents a lot of what OrangeAid taught me. Coming into the program, I didn’t have much experience with deadlines or critiques other than what you learn in school. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I learned pretty quickly that OrangeAid doesn’t work like school.
Things. Move. Fast. You get one semester, and it’s up to you and your team to get as much done as you possibly can. You make your plan. You go for it.
I learned that your first idea is never the best you can come up with, and either is your second, third or fourth. You will get challenged every step of the way, and I can promise you, you’ll come out better for it in the end.
For future OrangeAid sponges, my advice to you: Leave judgment at the door. Never hold back. Leave no idea behind. Think outside of the box. Bring chocolate. Speak up. Have fun. Ask for help. Prepare to learn more than you could have ever expected to, and remember that the more you put into it, the more you’ll get out. At the end of the semester you’ll look back and wonder where the time went. It will feel like a blur, a vortex of experience, laughs, great people, lots of candy and the color orange.
So go apply! The deadline is December 18th. Get your application in early! Go above and beyond for your application. Do something awesome and show them what you’ll bring to the table. Read the application carefully and follow all the steps! Trust me, you wont regret it for a second.