The disadvantage of most non-profit associations is that they don’t have enough funds to hire all the employees they need; resulting in heavy workload for the small number of available employees. This is where eager and intelligent interns come in play. I want to also point it out there that most non-profit are willing to pay a decent amount for their interns; because they recognize the talent we bring in. Moreover, when we are given a chance to make a positive contribution to the society by working for a non-profit entity, the amount of gratification which we get when we succeed will be enormous.
Non-profits usually have a team of board members who are involved in everyday activities. Hence, they have better relations with the staff. I was invited to a three day long board meeting which proved to be a great way for me to expand my network and make important connections. I also got the opportunity to learn how whole year of work is put in to have a successful annual conference.
The vital characteristic of interning with a non-profit healthcare association is the rewarding feeling of truly making a difference. This helped me to contribute and experience the magic that motivates the staff. I had the opportunity to help coordinate smooth transition of ERP and I learnt the processes of logistics arrangements which are done behind the scenes. Also, I had the chance to work directly with CEO and especially felt honored when I was asked to be a part of her meetings with outside consultants. In short, AAPA gave me my first break in healthcare industry, non-profit world and supply chain management.