An update from Mark, a junior majoring in advertising and markets and culture:

During my June term at SMU-in-Taos, I am working as an intern for the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is a nonprofit organization that helps young adults by providing jobs and training, and creating an appreciation for community responsibility. In Taos, the government recently has made budget cuts to schools and environmental efforts. I would say Rocky Mountain Youth Corps serves as the immune system to the disease of budget cuts in the community.

June is the busiest month for Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, so in some ways I am an extra employee to make sure all the work in the office gets done. I am going into my fourth week of work with the Corps, and some of my notable work includes creating the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (Taos) public Facebook page and writing three articles, which will be in the next Rocky Mountain Youth Corps newsletter. I also edit blogs made by Corps members to make sure all spelling and grammar is correct. I have attended all staff meetings and during my last week will get to make a communications proposal during a marketing meeting.

Ariana, my supervisor and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ Reporting and Office Manager, gives me work to do Monday through Friday from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. While the main focus of the internship is communications and writing, when the office is in a pinch I have to do many different tasks for the organization. Those tasks include filing, data entry, Excel work, organization, trips to the recycling compound, and even answering the phones and working as the secretary! The most important part of my job is to always have a positive attitude and be willing to do anything and everything Ariana and the rest of the employees ask me. Interns often get stuck with tedious work; but the work truly makes me appreciate all the effort a nonprofit puts in.

Although I am an advertising major and never have taken a communications course, I continue to work well as a communications intern. I would like to give thanks to my communications professor here in Taos, Professor Flournoy. Professor Flournoy is an SMU communications professor who has given me all of the tools to succeed at Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. She has provided me with many examples and materials every nonprofit needs for communications. I now know how to conduct an elevator speech, pitch letter, backgrounder, and a crisis communication plan. I am presenting my crisis communication plan in my final week at Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.