I began my internship with Ottawa County Republicans in June planning to help out only in the summer. But as the end drew closer I decided to extend my internship through the fall.
Politics have always been something that interested me and this internship seemed to be a good way to get more experience. I am currently in my senior year at GVSU studying Public and Nonprofit Administration with a minor in Political Science. Thus, Ottawa County Republicans was the perfect fit for me! Staying through the fall served the dual purpose of getting GVSU credit for an internship as well as continuing an incredible experience.
Interning at Ottawa GOP has taught me so much in only a few short months. I have been able to get a behind the scenes look into how a nonprofit is run as well as challenges that Ottawa GOP faces on a regular basis. Fundraising, event planning, and office maintenance are just some of the things that I’ve had the privilege of helping with during my time as an intern. I feel well-equipped to continue working with various organizations due to the skills and knowledge gained at Ottawa GOP.
Working the 2015 Lincoln Day Dinner, hosted by Ottawa GOP, was an opportunity I would not have otherwise have had. It was most assuredly one of my favorite experiences during my internship. Being involved in the planning for the dinner from start to its completion taught me a great deal about how to plan an event. It caused me to realize how much work and planning goes into an event and it was neat to see it all pulled off so wonderfully. I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the guests at the dinner as well as being able to hear Governor John Kasich speak.
Anne Chanski and Amanda Van Essen have made my time here at Ottawa GOP so incredible and I am so thankful for all that they do for Ottawa GOP. It has been an honor getting to know Amanda and to see her hard work ethic shine through in all that she does for the party.
As the executive director, Anne has imparted to me endless amounts of useful information on how an organization should be run. I have been able to observe her skills at interacting with members of the local community as well as those involved directly with Ottawa GOP. She has taught me so much and I am so thankful for all she has done for me during this internship.
I would not trade this experience for anything! It has been great getting to learn more about the Ottawa County Republicans and I look forward to learning even more in the weeks ahead.