An Intern’s Experience Working at Common Ground

Walking into the Telegraph Administration Building for the first time since I interviewed, I was admittedly a little nervous.  Though I had interned before, I was new to the environment of a non-profit agency.


As it turns out, the day could not have served as a better introduction to the agency, because my first day happened to coincide with one of the Communications and Development Department’s bimonthly staff meetings. I was immediately welcomed to the team before being shown around several of the agency’s buildings, including the Sanctuary and Doctors’ Hospital.


After that day, I quickly settled into my intern duties, managing the agency’s social media pages and writing articles for Common Ground’s newsletter, the website and the annual report.  I was fortunate to be able to interview a number of interesting people from diverse areas of the agency like longtime crisis line volunteer and board member Kay White, art therapist Margaret Sands-Goldstein and community liaison manager Matthew Zimmer.


In addition to profiling CG employees, I attended events during a busy yet exciting time for the agency.  In September, I assisted with the silent auction tent at the Birmingham Street Art Fair and recorded photos and video at the second annual Circle of Hope Breakfast.


Over the past three months, I was able to see how a non-profit organization works in ways that I never would have otherwise.  With my time at Common Ground winding down, I can only hope that my work was half as valuable for the agency as my time here has been for my professional development.

-- Troy Frisby