Putting the Pedal to the Metal – The Web and Social Media Fellow’s take on her experience at Operation HOPE

I’ve always been the type to be motivated by a good cause, but put me in an environment where a group of highly successful nonprofit professionals trust me and respect me as an adult – it’s the ultimate fuel to get my creative juices flowing. 

As the Web and Social Media intern at Operation HOPE, creativity is the bottom line to a successful day at work. And at the L.A. HOPE HQ, I get more than enough inspiration to bring out the best of my imagination. I spend the train ride staring at the gorgeous San Gabriel Mountains, walk down Wilshire Blvd. past the greatest architecture of the city, and sit down to work in a building with the Hollywood Hills right outside my window.

My manager is more talented than I can can even fathom – he’s a master at the IT side of online marketing, but he’s also got a Master’s degree in Armenian history and an understated but unparalleled excitement for his work. My fellow interns are passionate and smarter than myself. To say the least, it’s a recipe for success. 

And so far, success truly is an understatement. I’ve gotten the chance to create countless graphics for our website, find compelling blogs to tweet to our followers, post Facebook albums, and above all write my own blogs about amazing people doing incredible work for communities across the country.

My manager strategizes with me like I’m a seasoned expert. (We’re brainstorming ways to bring our curriculums online to make financial literacy available for anyone in our Cyber Cafés or even at home.)  My co-workers treat me like an old friend. And above all, I’m surrounded by a group of people doing real things to empower others.

It’s a kind of success made from passion, productivity, motivation, cooperation, and above all, a whole lot of love. 

Now I’ve interned at my fair share of organizations, each unique and special, but never have I been a part of something that makes such a measurable impact on real people’s lives. It isn’t hard to blog for an organization that gives you powerful content to write about. It isn’t hard to revamp a website that speaks louder than words. I have the fuel to be the best I can be at something enjoyable. The pedal is to the metal. 

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