It’s hard to believe that my time at the AGS headquarters has come to an end. I couldn’t be anymore grateful for all the lessons I’ve learned and all the open doors this opportunity has provided me. I will never forget the moment I walked in the office and saw the endless amount of atlases lining the bookcases surrounding the office. At that point forward, I knew this internship was the perfect fit for me.
As an intern at AGS, I didn’t have the typical responsibilities one might expect from an internship experience. Here at the headquarters, I took on a wide range of duties which really helped me feel like I had a truly meaningful role at this historic organization. My responsibilities ranged from researching and interviewing, to writing company, non-profit and councilor spotlights, to social media management and improving our websites. Nothing can quite describe just how rich of an experience this has been for me.
My experience here has reinforced my strong passion and desire to continue studying within the field of geography. AGS has helped me develop invaluable academic and professional skills that I will continue to apply to my future studies and wherever else my journey takes me. But if I had to choose one thing I learned that I’ll be taking away from this experience, it would be the importance in spreading geographic literacy and awareness everywhere. This means placing greater emphasis in formal geographic education in order for people to better understand how we are spatially interconnected living in one world together.
I have to take a moment to thank John and Anastasia for acting as such incredible support systems, creating a friendly work environment, but most importantly, for making this summer a memorable one never to forget. I look forward to seeing what the future set of interns gain from this experience and hope they enjoy it just as much as I did.
Thank you, AGS, for the unforgettable experience and the incredible people I have met along the way.
Written by Hana Goldstein (8/11/16)