By Aidan Dunn, Intern at the Global Autism Project
It’s my third week working as an intern at the Global Autism Project. Since I started, I’ve managed to get a bit settled into my role as catch-all worker and part-time blog writer. This isn’t my first internship, but it’s the first I’ve had since I graduated from college. After a few months in that post-college fugue state in which we try to figure out what we’re supposed to do with ourselves, I wound up working here at GAP. I’m on the autistic spectrum myself, so the work here is very important to me as it’s helping people like me around the globe, and because this job is my first foray into the workplace. I’m hoping to work here full-time once my three month internship period is done so I’m really hoping I don’t mess up. On a humorous note, everyone who I tell about this job (friends, family, etc) assumes I’m working at a clothing retailer.
Fortunately, work here at the GAP is pretty engaging. There’s a lot to do and the work is varied enough that I usually don’t have to do the same job two days in a row. One day I might be translating powerpoints, another I could be making deliveries. Today, I’m helping with inventory and writing a blog. The work has a good difficulty level too. It’s challenging enough to keep me focused, but easy enough that I haven’t hit any major walls yet.
Right now, we’re all working to get funding via COMPASS, our monthly donation system that we use to acquire funding . We’re hoping to get as many people as possible before the new year so I’ve been telling my family about our program and trying to spread the word as much as possible (hint, hint). This is a big deal for us, as we want to expand our organization so we can help more autistic children and teens around the globe.
All in all, I think I’ve been doing well. While I’m still a little anxious about having a job, overall I feel very satisfied with what I’ve been doing. I enjoy my work, I like my coworkers, and I feel like I’m making a difference in an organization that I think is making a difference in the world.