Things you don't hear very often: when I grow up…I want to be an intern.
Maybe that’s because most little kids don't know what an internship is, but it also could be because kids don't know what it’s like to intern for ESPEROS. And that’s a shame…I think that they should know, and I think that you should know, because ESPEROS is changing the game when it comes to internships and here’s why:
- you get to wear converse/funky jeans
- there are dogs to play with at all times
- people call you by your real name, not “intern”
- there is a mini fridge
- education is seen as an urgent need around the globe (as it should be)
- you get to play a part in changing the world
My name is Grace and I get the privilege of writing for ESPEROS. I think one of the reasons people might laugh at the idea of dreaming to be an intern, is because intern duties are typically busy work. Fetching coffee, filing papers, doing research…and on and on. One of the things that sets ESPEROS apart in this sense, is the work we get to do as interns. We get to learn from the ESPEROS team, talk with them and live life with them for the months that we are here. They grow us professionally and personally as we witness first had what it looks like to operate a start up gone nation-wide company. In the day-to-day, we aren't taking out the trash (though I think that needs to be done…*cough Ilya*)—we’re making a difference. On top of all of this, what is incredible about interning at ESPEROS is that it all seems like such a privilege. To get to be around the people we are around, and do the things we get to do. Working for a company whose mission is as impactful as ESPEROS’, I really couldn't imagine there being an internship in the world that is a better fit for me.
By the way…when we say changing the world, we really mean it. In my time with ESPEROS, I have gotten to learn a lot about our partnering non profit, Pencils of Promise. I can really say that I have never felt more inspired by an organization striving to provide education than I have with this organization.
Photo Credit: Nick Onken
Pencils of Promise began with a question and a small boy begging in the streets of India…
“What do you want most in the world?”
“A pencil,” he replied.
I reached into my backpack, handed him my pencil, and watched as a wave of possibility washed over him.
Since this moment, starting with just a $25 deposit, Pencils of Promise has now built more than 200 schools. They believe that a day will come when every single child will have access to quality education…and they are taking real steps to get there. This is what I mean when I talk about changing the world!
So shoutout to every intern at ESPEROS, and all of you interns around the world. You’re doing great things. And if you feel like you aren't….come to ESPEROS!
Peace, love & intern pride ~
Spring 2015 Intern