Najib Ahmed

Intern name: Najib Ahmed

Major(s)/Minor(s): Biochemistry

Title/place of internship/fellowship, etc.: Program and Research Intern at the Boys and Girls Club of Brookings

How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.? I found out about this internship during the application processes. I've also hinted at during the interview that I would be interested in it. After getting acquainted with Angie, she made everything smooth. 

What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.? My main responsibility would've been to assist in the general K-12 knowledge in core subjects. Also, assist members with daily homework. However, that was interrupted by pandemic and online platform.

On a typical day, I would sit in on all admin meeting that would set the agenda for the day. The admins also used this platform to share all upcoming events and activities in the club.
A huge part of my internship was getting a general knowledge of how non-profit organizations work.

What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience? I received a lot of help and tutoring from the Boys and Girls Club when I first arrived in the U.S. I was so grateful for the help and mentoring I received that I choose this internship to re-pay that debt. Even though I didn't get the chance to do that, I've gained an insight into the "behind the scenes" of a Club. The most beneficial aspect of my internship was forming networking connections among SJU alumni.

What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.? The most surprising thing for me was the generosity and dedication coming into the club. Also, the kindness and the welcome with open arms from the employees make the Club an exceptional environment.

How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future? I plan on reflecting on my internship and the things I've learned through this journey as I continue to volunteer for non-profit organizations in the near future.

What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience? I would say go for it. I've gained much appreciation for the people in the non-profit organization.