Intern name: Molly Kiley
Major(s)/Minor(s): Psychology major and Theater minor
Title/place of internship/fellowship, etc.: Grant Writing Intern, Young Actors Theatre Islington (London, UK)
How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.? I interned with YATI during my study abroad in London during the Fall of 2019. They made me feel so welcome during my first internship, so I reached out to them again during my search for a summer internship. Things really fell into place when Summer Leadership Fellows transitioned to a remote internship program.
What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.? I assisted YATI's director of development in all parts of the grant writing process. From the ever going search for new grant opportunities to crafting the perfect grant application, I kept track of deadlines, opportunities, and eligibility criteria along the way. Working with the director of development, I helped apply to over 50 grants.
I also created a new system saving and accessing past grant application materials. The vast majority of grants ask similar questions and rewriting or searching for past answers is a time consuming part of the job. After working through a few prototypes, I created a spreadsheet that contained the majority of application response materials from the last few years. This saved a significant amount of time filling out new applications, leaving more time to editing and research.
What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience? My boss was incredibly talented at teaching me new skills and techniques on the job. I learned techniques for grant research, how to navigate new databases, and enhanced my writing skills within the first few weeks of my internship. These skills are indespencible in any career and have made me more confident in my ability to develop new skills on the job.
What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.? I found myself grateful for the level and volume of writing that I had gotten used to in my CSB/SJU classes. My internship is writing, and at times reading, heavy and having the experience of classes that required lots of writing prepared me for this.
I also picked up on British spelling and grammer much faster than I expected.
How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future? Grant writing skills are in high demand in any non-profit organization, so I look forward to any future opportunites to improve and use these skills.
I think my improved ability to analyze large pieces of text to pull the relevant information I need will be beneficial in all of my future work.
I'm a more confident and direct writer, a skill that is useful in any form of professional communication.
What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience? Go into any potential internship/employment experience with a passion to help the organization and a willingness to learn as you go. If this is an organization you care about or really want to work with, this will be what helps you the most in the long run.