A Note for Future Fellows

Dear incoming fellows,

Greetings from the past!!! Congratulations on your admittance to what is in my humble opinion, the most rewarding and transformative nonprofit internship opportunity in the state of Ohio! All those countless hours laboring over your application and interview paid off and you have hopefully accepted a fellowship with the nonprofit of your dreams.

Before the summer begins and life gets moving, I wanted to take some time to provide you with a few tips for success at your chosen nonprofit. This is by no means a definitive list of advice, but choose the elements that speak to you and go into the summer with an open mind and a friendly smile. Good luck!

  1. Get to Know the Other Fellows

Searching for a support system to get you through the summer? Look no further! The individuals surrounding you are some of the best and brightest in Columbus and lucky you, you have access to them 24/7! Start a GroupMe, meet up for a happy hour after work, and generally, go out of your way to introduce yourself and make your desire for friendship known! These are the individuals that will understand you the best and provide endless support throughout the summer, so utilize the first fellows meeting to make some introductions and become acquainted with your newest workplace confidants!

  1. Speak Up and Self-Advocate

It might seem daunting, but it is important to remember you got this fellowship for a reason: you earned it! After years of classes, work commitments, and extracurriculars, you are more than qualified to work in your specific position and it is vital that you use this confidence to your advantage! If you feel underutilized in the office, speak up! If you’re unsure of how to complete a task, don’t be afraid to ask for help! The program’s mutual selection process means that as much as you wanted to work with your nonprofit, it similarly wanted to work with you, so don’t be afraid to have a voice in the organization! To put it simply, know yourself, know what you need, and be confident in your ability to go get it.

  1. Practice Gratitude

While it is important to be confident at your job site, it is of equal importance to remain grateful and humble within your operations. Out of all of this year’s applicants, you are the chosen ones! Be gracious for this amazing opportunity and do not take it lightly! Thank your supervisors for placing their trust in you, be appreciative of the amazing events hosted for you by the Foundation, and take advantage of everything the program has to offer. Remember, gratitude is the open door to abundance.

Well, there you have it! Three easy tricks for the best summer experience of your life! Keep these tips in mind as you inspire change and excellence in your nonprofits and I have no doubt you will do amazing. This fellowship has the capacity to change your life if you let it, so go in to the experience open-minded, enthusiastic, and ready for anything and I know you will do great. Now go forth and be fabulous! 

All my best,

Demi Levitch

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