Meet our 2017 summer interns!

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Nola Tolsma, Fellowship Assistant

As the fellowship assistant at AP, I have had the opportunity to work with and for marginalized communities around the world. AP is a model of a successful operation working to support organizations doing much needed work in their communities. Rather than coming in with an agenda and a budget, AP asks what is needed and works with the locals instead of over their heads. This is one of the many things I admire about Iain and the team – they are not afraid to be humble and do the dirty work to help the job get done.

My work here included helping with the Fellowship hiring process for this summer. I helped post job listings, review applications, interview, set up training, etc. I also helped with writing the Annual report and updating some parts of the website. Don’t be misled, though: while we do work hard, this group is like a family and we have a blast working together (and eat lots and lots and lots of chocolates).

I feel that I learned more this semester than I possibly could have imagined, and I really understand how much of a jack of all trades you need to be to run a nonprofit. I am so so grateful to AP for the opportunity to learn and grow as a person, student and future NGO employee. AP is doing something right, and I am honored to have been a part of it this semester.

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Angelique Palomar (sometimes Angelica, mighty mouse, mighty midget or fire cracker), Outreach and Fundraising Assistant

I became the Jane of all Trades because of AP. From being an electrician to coordinating events, it was like getting to try a new piece of chocolate from a See’s Candy box! As a fundraising assistant, I was in-charge of maintaining the donor database and drafting emails to AP’s massive network. All while getting the hang of Global Giving, Network for Good and Constant Contact, I took on the role of Communications and Media Outreach Assistant. Every day was different, filled with a variety of work from designing graphics, to asking my friends and family in helping with a GlobalGiving campaign appeal. I even learned basic HTML coding! The biggest project I managed was quilt outreach. I coordinated events with solidarity groups from various universities.

I’ve gained invaluable skills, knowledge and lasting friendships from my time at AP. Here I am thinking I would be contributing to marginalized communities, little did I know how much this experience would return to me in ten-folds. I am incredibly proud to be a part of a truly impactful organization. Cheers!

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Kate Wagner, Social Media Coordinator (slash Unofficial Peace Fellow Expert)

What can I say about my time at AP? I was so lucky to have the opportunity to work here for almost nine months. As the social media intern (for the first three months, with a promotion to Social Media Coordinator), I was the voice behind AP’s community updates. But my job was so much more than that. If I had seen things like “create promotional graphics,” “lead crowdfunding campaigns,” and “edit and troubleshoot HTML code for the website” on the job application, I don’t think I would have bothered applying! But after my time at AP, I can proudly say that I would apply to an identical position with confidence.

That’s what I grew to adore about AP’s small office: nobody was expected to know everything, and everybody would eventually learn something. After being with AP for less than a month, I was teaching my fellow intern Catalina how to add her bio to the website. After being at AP for about three months, I was learning new editing software; another four months later, I was teaching it to AP’s director Iain and the 2017 Peace Fellows. And somewhere around my third month with AP, I could identify a Peace Fellow from 2012 by one grainy photo, dive into their Flickr album, and find a better quality version of the same photo. I guess that’s a side effect of interning with AP when there are no Fellows out in the field!

I will forever be grateful to AP for all that they have done for me. Closing an almost two-year gap on my resume; opening my eyes to what life is like outside of the USA; teaching me so many new skills; making me hone and update my existing skills; and introducing me to so many wonderful coworkers: Karen, Catalina, Nola, Angelique, Bri, Talia, and Natalie (not to mention this year’s Peace Fellows). These last nine months have been truly wonderful, and I will always look back upon my time at AP fondly.

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