Q and A With the NCCD Interns

Q and A With the NCCD Interns

July 10, 2017 | NCCD

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Two weeks ago we introduced you to our new internship program that aims to expose young people of color in Madison, Wisconsin, to career opportunities at both NCCD and nonprofits in general. The interns spent the first two weeks of their six-week internship with NCCD’s communications and development team. As those two weeks wrapped up, we asked our interns, both high school seniors, to reflect on what they learned.


Q. What has surprised you most about your internship with NCCD so far?

A. The casual but professional environment it exudes. When I first learned that I would become an intern for the organization, I assumed that the environment would have strict policies and professional interactions. However, as I got to know more about NCCD, it quickly became known that the culture is friendly. NCCD’s environment is an important part of what makes the organization successful.

Q. What is something you have learned that you think is important?

A. Dealing with crises in an organization. Most people react to crises fairly quickly and don’t think about the consequences that may occur in the future. I learned that anticipating crises and making plans ahead of time is the best way to deal with it. This skill cannot only be used in many settings, but it can also be helpful in my everyday life. Taking the time to understand the situation I am in before finding solutions is key to communicating effectively.


Q. What is something you have learned that you think is important?

A. The difference between talking casually and professionally. It is important that one knows their audiences and how to communicate with them. Keeping in mind that there are many types of audiences, I learned that tone is very important. Using the right tone cannot only be helpful in organizations like NCCD but also outside the workplace.

Q. What one thing would you like the world to know about NCCD?

A. Even though NCCD is an indirect organization—meaning that they don’t directly help the person with the problem—they do have very effective tools that not only focus on one area but four: juvenile justice, criminal justice, child welfare, and adult protection.