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As a former intern at the National Organization for Women, I can say that an internship is what one makes of it (“The Seventh Circle of Hell,” 6/20). I made sure that mine was interesting, educational, and fun.
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Before my internship started, both myself and my supervisor knew what the other expected from the partnership we had for that semester. I talked to my supervisor and asked her what she wanted from me as her assistant before I was given any responsibility. My supervisor was available for me to use her as a sounding board for my ideas, and she constructively criticized to my benefit and to the benefit of NOW. Each week, we discussed the progress, goals, and deadlines for my projects. I was given the opportunity to learn new computer applications that gave me a competitive edge in the office environment I was headed toward. I was introduced to some of the most interesting and powerful women in the feminist movement and made friends with feminists from all over the globe. There was never a dull moment during my three and a half months at NOW. If your interviewee missed these opportunities, it was her own fault, not NOW’s.
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