Natalie Chaudhuri, a former Marketing Intern at the Blossom Hill Foundation (BHF), is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree, specializing in Africa and Latin America at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Natalie is an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the African Studies Department, Chair at March For Our Lives, President of Georgetown’s Creating Writing Club, and a Research Intern at MJ for Texas.
Natalie graciously responded to some questions by email about her internship experience at BHF.
How did you find out about the Blossom Hill Foundation?
A friend of mine is from New Canaan, where Blossom Hill is based. When she saw Blossom Hill’s call for interns, she immediately thought of me, because she knew that I was incredibly passionate about refugee advocacy and rights.
What is an average day like as an intern?
The average day was particularly interesting with being virtual. The organization was incredibly receptive and supportive to ideas that I had, so there was a mix of visual art for the social media posts and research about refugee conditions, as well as support I could provide to help with one of BH’s fundraising projects, since BH is a nonprofit. Another typical element was the weekly check-ins I had with the staff, which really made me feel like part of the community and helped with some of the disconnection that being virtual can incur.
Is there anything you find interesting about BHF that maybe an outsider or someone who isn’t familiar should know? Or an interesting experience you’ve had where you gained an acute insight or awareness about the industry?
At first, I hadn’t realized that BH was directly helping refugees on the ground in the Middle East. Other refugee organizations that I’ve spent time with focus on helping those adjusting to living in the US, but the variety in programs that BH offers was incredible. I also found their breadth of educational opportunities to be incredibly innovative, such as the coding camps and art therapy-related workshops they sponsored.
Do you have any advice you could give if someone were to get a job at BHF?
One of the biggest pieces of advice I would give is to go above and beyond what your supervisor tells you to do. Especially with grassroots organizations, being creative about ideas and potential projects that you can start make a big difference. Young people are full of outreach ideas and instinctively know what works in a way they may not even realize. You miss every shot you don’t take, so I think pitching different ideas to the organization for projects you want to pioneer would be an effective way to make sure you’re making the most of your internship.
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