First Week at ABT

3 Nov

My first week as the Development Assistant intern at ABT was a whirlwind to say the least. Not only is this my very first internship, but it’s also my first experience working in an office setting. I honestly didn’t know what to expect going in, but it is safe to say that my first week was better than anything I could have ever imagined.

My first day went by in a blink of an eye. During the first intern meeting the previous Friday we had a tour of the office and brief introductions, so I wasn’t a complete stranger to 890 Broadway when I walked in for my first full day. The entire staff welcomed me with open arms and I was greeted with smiles that fueled my excitement for the day. I was quickly set up at my very own computer and was introduced to the programs that ABT utilizes for day to day activities. My mentor, Michelle, guided me through the entire process and made me feel as though I was already a part of ABT’s family! I left that evening more enthusiastic than ever for this entire experience, and the next two days did not disappoint.

Thursday, I was scheduled to work ABT’s Junior Turnout, an event organized by ABT’s Junior Council, which included a silent auction and dancing at the Bowery Hotel. One of the great things about interning at ABT is that you aren’t chained to a desk all day, and there are tons of opportunities to help out at events. Some of the other interns and I worked alongside the Development department staff to add the perfect amount of glitter and glamour (the theme of the event) to the Bowery Terrace. Bonding as we worked, I was able to get to know the other interns and the staff a little better throughout the day. As I passed out VIP bracelets, I spent the evening in awe of the gorgeous dancers and other attendees. I was even able to take part in some of the festivities at the end of the night. The highlight for me was being able to take home one of the extra gift bags!

The next morning, I set out to work ABT’s Leadership Lab, which was a preview for a new workshop designed for corporate training retreats and conferences. Luciana Paris and Calvin Royal were there to assist with the presentation. My job was to greet the guests in the lobby and I was introduced to some of the Board of Trustees. It was great to be able to put some faces to names of the people who play integral roles in ABT’s success. After the Leadership Lab I was able to go up to the roof where the event was being held and I stood in awe of the opportunity I had been given through this internship. My first week kicked off one of the most incredible journeys with ABT and I know this semester will be the experience of a lifetime.

Marisa Simon

Development Assistant Intern

Fall 2017



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