What I liked
This summer I was at Shedd Aquarium interning as a major and annual gifts development intern. At Shedd, I gained experience in strategic planning, donor communication, as well as stewardship and donor cultivation research. My projects ranged from data analysis, to event logistics, to writing, to research. This included writing quarterly updates about Shedd's inhabitants for our Adopt-An-Animal program, writing stewardship reports to update major donors about the impact of their contribution to Shedd's mission, conducting cost-benefit analysis on our non-membership donation avenues, cross checking donation's fund stream allocation and critical donor capacity assessment. I thoroughly enjoyed the Shedd community! From my colleagues who've become mentors, to the mammals and sea life we have right downstairs, I've appreciated getting immersed in the Shedd family. My supervisor made sure to include me at every step of the way, inviting me to team meetings and donor tours, as well as Development team outings. I've also been surrounded by aquatic life, sometimes through fun programming and other times just accidental encounters, and have learned so much about conservation and ecology.