Students on Canadian Campuses for Sustainability - Harmy Thakar
It has been an honour to be working as an intern for an organization called Students on Canadian Campuses for Sustainability over the past few weeks. Unlike others, this is a youth led non-profit organization that seeks to connect College and University Student sustainability groups across Canada with the hope of promoting environmental awareness in the local communities (Cross-Campus Sustainability Network). Upon first hearing about this internship, I was surprised because it was not a conventional internship where one attends an office everyday. However, having spent a few weeks as an intern, I have found this aspect to be particularly pleasing as I have the opportunity to work on my terms and am open to work any time of day I feel comfortable. The way this internship works is that instead of having office meetings, we have weekly Skype conferences where current progress is discussed and tasks for the upcoming days are assigned. My role as an intern is to send email digests to university and college sustainability groups about upcoming events happening in campuses across Canada.
Before the first Skype meeting, I was expected to make an account on MailChimp, which is an email marketing service and get used to using the software. The next week, I sent out emails to the university and college sustainability groups to get their consent on being on the mailing list for this organization. I also made my first newsletter, consisting of five events taking place across Canada over the next few months. This was then sent to other fellow interns and the Co Founder of the company, Alice Zhu. The newsletter was improved and modified based on the feed back received and will soon be sent to the university and college sustainability groups.
This week, I am asked to choose five different events and once again create a newsletter. It will also be sent to my colleagues and the feedback will be taken into consideration for the next email digest.
Overall, the past few weeks of my internship have been truly exceptional, as I have had the opportunity to develop skills that will definitely benefit me in my upcoming high school years and beyond. I look forward to the remainder of my time left as an intern and want to thank my supervisor, Alice and the rest of the fellow interns for making this experience so incredible.