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Final Intern Reflection

by Catherine Stiers, Communications Intern for ASAP

I am three days away from graduating from Western Carolina University, and this semester I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve as the communications intern at ASAP. I could not have asked for a better internship experience than the one that I got with this group of passionate, driven community leaders. While many of my friends and peers spent their internships shredding paper and fetching coffee, I was given the independence to create social media posts, help write the weekly tailgate market reports, and experiment with software and programs that I had never even heard of before! Even though I’m still unsure about my next step in life, I feel much more adequately equipped to take whatever experience comes my way and go at it with the same enthusiasm and dedication demonstrated to me by all of those who work for and with ASAP.

I asked the other spring interns to answer the question, “What was the most rewarding part of your internship at ASAP?” Here are some of their responses:

Jaclyn, Local Food Campaign Intern: “The people. Getting to know the staff members and other interns in the office has been a really rich experience. The most wonderful experiences I’ve had have been interacting with farmers and other community members at events such as the Business of Farming Conference, Mother Earth News Fair, Asheville City Market, and the CSA Fair.”

Rose, Local Food Campaign Intern: “The most rewarding part of the internship for me was working on the food sourcing aspect of the Business of Farming conference. It was gratifying to make the connections with the local farmers, bakers, and cheese makers on sourcing food for the conference meals. I enjoyed being able to attend the conference and see all the work I was doing come together and work out in a way where people were able to enjoy and learn about the locally sourced food that was being served.”

Lizzie, Growing Minds Intern: “What has surprised me and Kristen the most about who tries and doesn’t try a new, fresh food made from local ingredients is how much peer pressure can come into play, and at what age. Most kindergartners and first graders will try anything. Third through fifth graders will often pass on trying it until their friend takes a sample, soon the whole table wants a tasting cup! What does this tell us about how we can use peer pressure in a positive way to build healthier habits in kids?”

Thanks again to all of the ASAP staff and volunteers for giving us such rewarding experiences! To learn more about ASAP, including how to apply for an internship of your own, visit asapconnections.org.