Updated: Nov 12, 2019
The amount of work Good Counsel does would not be possible without our team of interns from around the world, with each intern bringing new experiences and skills to the team. Welcome to our weekly series, where we introduce and interview our interns one at a time.
Senior Operations Director / Financial Resource Development
Sommy is currently doing her masters degree in Public Administration at the City College of New York. She is originally from Iran, where she also did her undergraduate degree, after which she studied in France for one year. Sommy moved to the U.S. four years ago and before studying Public Administration she started a degree in Early childhood education. This inspired Sommy to become an advocate of children living in poverty.
Why did you decide to intern for Good Counsel Services?
Working for Good Counsel Services means dedicating your time, your energy and your knowledge to people who need help or who don’t have that much money, which I think is absolutely great. Another reason I decided to work for Good Counsel is because I am actually thinking about establishing my own non-profit organization in event planning to support children who are in poverty. Therefore working for Good Counsel is a really good opportunity for me to learn something about non-profits. Also, I absolutely love the environment that I’m working in, the people that I am working with and of course working with Elizabeth, who is very supportive.
What are your tasks at Good Counsel?
In the past I planned an event for Good Counsel to honor our clients, donors, volunteers and interns and that was actually the very first official event that I organized. I was a little doubtful in the beginning about how successful it would be. However, the event was very fruitful and the responses were highly positive. As far as daily activities are concerned, I often join into different webinars, which are very, very helpful and which improve my knowledge. I also attended a workshop about how to create a beautiful and friendly work environment amongst colleagues. My general work however, is just to support Elizabeth as much as I can, and to learn from her.
Can you think of one striking or outstanding experience that you had during your time with Good Counsel?
On my first day, in the orientation for the new interns, Elizabeth asked us what we most feared concerning our internship. I told her that I was worried that I couldn’t do things correctly or finish things in time and she told me to not be afraid about that, because she would always stand behind me and support me. Her supportive speech at that time was very outstanding and reassuring to me in the beginning of my internship.
What is the most challenging thing that you encountered so far during your internship?
I find it hard to make phone calls, because sometimes it’s difficult to understand due to bad quality or because I don’t know some of the professional terms or words. But by just doing it and learning from it, I know now how I can solve these difficulties; if I don’t understand something it’s ok to ask for them to repeat what they said.
Would you recommend doing an internship at Good Counsel?
Yes of course. I would recommend for people to come and join Good Counsel, especially because it’s a great possibility to explore yourself, your weaknesses and strengths. But don’t work so much on your strengths, because you have those already. You should focus on your weaknesses and try to improve them, work on them and use this opportunity to learn from mistakes while you’re at Good Counsel.