Student Internship Stories: Wesley Jones (SAR’21), GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)

By Wesley Jones (SAR’21)

CCD: Tell us about your experience. What were your responsibilities?

So far my experience at GLAD has been fantastic. I have been able to work on multiple projects across various areas of development from event planning, prospect research, and database management.

In addition, all of my co-workers have been incredibly supportive and helpful as I begin to work at GLAD.

CCD: How did you get the opportunity? What resources at BU or elsewhere did you use?

I found this opportunity by looking at various non-profits whose work I was interested in and then seeing if any of the organizations were hiring in their development office.

BU played a massive role for me this semester. I applied for and received funding for this internship through the Yawkey Non-Profit Internship Program. Receiving the Yawkey stipend has helped to provide for my living expenses, while completing this fantastic internship opportunity.

CCD: What was the best thing about the experience? What was the worst?

The best thing so far about this experience has been learning more about the field of development in a new setting. In addition, I have enjoyed being able to get outside of the “BU bubble” and travel downtown four days a week.

The worst part of the internship has been the commute. Traveling back and forth between BU and downtown Boston is exciting, but can also be long and unpleasant at rush hour.

CCD: What was the most memorable moment of your experience?

The most memorable part has yet to happen. I think what I will enjoy most about this internship is helping to staff GLAD events and meet other members of the GLTBQ+ community in Boston and New England.

CCD: What advice would you give to another student about making the most of an internship, job, or other career-related experience?

My biggest piece of advice would be to find the position you are most interested in and do the work necessary to get that position, such as, tailoring your cover letter and resume specifically to that job and the work they do.

Also, never send a job application to an information email!

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