Journal #2

September 20th, 2017

Since the start of my internship, I have learned that things are not always as they appear. Before I started working within the Office of Institutional Advancement, I knew little about donor relations. Now, after being here for a month, I have obtained a firm grasp of what donor relations is and how it is practiced. I have completed several projects for donor relations staff including the editing of the Day of Giving Information Packet, the editing of the Longwood Magazine Donor Relation Project, the editing of the Longwood Virginia Beach Donor Luncheon PowerPoint and I selected the photos for the alumni reunions invitation for the classes of 1968, 1969 and 1970. I have also learned to take initiative. As a young adult, and senior in college, it is up to me and me alone to get the help I need once I obtain a career. I take this internship very seriously and I intend to soak up every bit of knowledge and life experience I can. Even though my internship is going even better than I had hoped, I have experienced a few challenges since the start of my internship. However, I have corrected my mistakes by making minor adjustments to my work ethic, such as utilizing Longwood’s printing services when I have a large number of documents to print (or cut) that require a high scale printer (or cutter), and familiarizing myself with the entire office staff in order to better direct my inquiries.

I must honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my internship within the Office of Institutional Advancement so far. It has already equipped me with certain technological and communication skills that I will be able to use in the future. I am trained and certified to operate the Raiser’s Edge database system, along with the Raiser’s Edge NXT database system. The entire office uses a shared folder online and I have become a master at creating guest lists and invitation spreadsheets within specific staff’s files, to make the process more efficient.