This blog will highlight Baylor students participating in 8-10 week summer internships with established non-profit organizations and civic groups. Students are chosen for their commitment to create systemic social change and for their ability to connect their placement to their discipline of study. These are the future movers and shakers of the non profit and for profit world. Join the dialogue.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Jake Abell, July 4

Life at the African Wildlife Foundation is moving along at the same level of casual intensity it has since the beginning. The work is fast and involved, but the July 4th weekend has been a pleasant respite from a busy June. I've enjoyed the chance to get to know my fellow interns better, and to eat a lot of fattening and delicious food at Barnes and Noble where I set up camp on weekends to do work assignments along with some other research.

Leaving work on Thursday last, I realized I had only two more full weeks at my job. To reflect at the midpoint, one of the great challenges of social justice work in marketing and communications is that you don't often, if ever, engage the subject of your work. If you write copy, edit webpages, and design communication strategies for a non-profit, you have to perennially renew your vision and ground yourself in the utlimate goals of your work. I guess this is a universal challenge insofar as we can all lose contact with our deepest motivation for our work at anytime, but in a way this is the unique oppurtunity of non-field work- the chance to constantly reinvent and rediscover the things that motivate your work.Today's motivation? Funnel cake on the National Mall. 

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