Class Year: 2017
Internship Placement: This summer, I am working at the COLOURS Organization, Inc. It is an LGBTQ organization that focuses on providing social services for LGBT people of color in Philly. I will be working as a social media/communications intern, in which I will be responsible for producing and implementing social media strategies, attending LGBT events in the city as part of the media team, and managing all social media platforms.
What’s happening? We’d love to hear how your internship is going!
This summer, I have had the opportunity to work at the COLOURS Organization, Inc. COLOURS is one of the oldest LGBTQA* organization in Philly and primarily serves people of color. My time at COLOURS has greatly impacted my personal growth. My role allowed me to foster my creativity and explore my interests. By far, my favorite project of the summer was organizing an intimate discussion at MilkBoy Studio between queer artists whose works have been deeply affected by the city. Through this project, I was able to gain confidence in my ability to turn my ideas into action. It was great to see my dream come to life.
The discussion was powerful and inspiring. The artists discussed identity and art. They explained the ways in which race and sexuality can be used as a source of empowerment and creativity. Working closely with the videographer and his production team inspired me to become a member at PhillyCAM, a non-profit organization that operates Philadelphia’s public access television. Soon I will be involved in workshops to gain the skills necessary to spearhead my own creative projects.
This internship has taught me that the LGBTQA* non-profit world is not for me. As much as I see it as vital for creating a world in which all people are viewed as valuable and deserving of love and respect, I could not see myself dedicating my career to this field. I have learned that I can further integrate my identity into my career path by allowing it to inform the way I choose to contribute to the world. For me, that means intentionally creating spaces for the stories of the marginalized to be centered and shared. I want to inspire others to use the beauty and struggle within their own realities to bring positive change to their communities. In addition to discovering a new passion, I have fallen in love with this gritty city. I was lucky to have made long-term bonds with individuals who have been pivotal to making my experience as inspirational as it has been. More importantly, this summer has helped me understand myself better. I am incredibly grateful.