Thanks in part to the Youth Employment Fund and the Peterborough Employment Planning and Counselling Service (EPC), I had the opportunity to work as an intern for 5 months at the Camp Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre as an administrative assistant. This placement was valuable not only because the organization and staff are wonderful, but also because of the marketable skills I gathered in my short time there.
I engaged in various administrative activities such as data entry and management, writing correspondence, proposals, reports and data forms, answering and maintaining phone lines, organizing and filing important and often sensitive documents, engaging in customer and client relations, and providing administrative support in an office setting.
I also gathered knowledge and some experience in fundraising and event planning. I helped with the final preparations of Camp Kawartha`s major annual fundraising event, Surf `n` Turf and completed the post-event activities, such as sending out thank you letters and helping balance the profit. I am currently helping to build a crowdfund campaign for a project at the Environment Centre, which should be up and running within the next few weeks. I have been put in charge of this project and, as a result, have learned a lot about crowdfunding, fundraising, and prospect searching.
I have also gained experience in the not-for-profit sector, which is rewarding in itself!
I have really enjoyed my time at the camp and working with some very wonderful people. The opportunity has allowed me to use some of the skills I gained as a student in a work setting, giving me the job experience often required for many employment positions, and to gain many others that will make me a much better candidate in future applications.
Thank you EPC and the Youth Employment Fund providing a hiring incentive so that I can gain real work experience!