Communications Intern Reflects on Company Culture, Commitment and Lessons from His First Six Weeks
I officially joined the Valley Vision team as the Communications Intern on January 24th and have enjoyed my time tremendously. Entering the organization, I was not sure what to expect beyond the job duties and responsibilities. For example, will I be able to think out loud while working on projects, should I pack a lunch or do people usually go out, how reliable is the WiFi, and other nuances that will shape my experience. I can think out loud, others do it too, lunch is the time where people catch up and chat casually whether in the office or elsewhere, and the WiFi works well enough to play the Spotify podcasts that I listen to.
Coworkers have spent time teaching me the technical skills like website management and creating newsletters using MailChimp. Learning more about the development and execution of an effective, consistent communications plan has piqued my curiosity to understand the bigger picture of an overall communications strategy. There are others who I have not directly worked with much, but when they share their daily updates, it’s clear that they are using their time effectively. I appreciate both types of support because each has pushed me to become more productive in the Communications work that I do.
It wasn’t until we had a conversation about organizational culture that I felt I came into my own with Valley Vision. Arriving at Valley Vision by way of City Year Sacramento and the St. HOPE Public Schools, two organizations with rich, contagious company cultures, I pick up on many of the “small” details that influence company culture. Look and feel are integral to a company’s culture, whether it is a high end car company, a casual restaurant, or a non-profit, the look and feel need to be intentional and reinforce the values of the organization. Our feel is top notch, with everyone routinely putting forward their best efforts. Our look is casual and effective, as banners celebrating our success decorate the walls of our offices.
My first month experience in one word is commitment. In every project and conservation, it is undeniable that my coworkers are committed to the work we do. A project never seems like a task or busy work, but instead an opportunity to continue making our region the most livable in the nation. This level of commitment assures me that I made the right decision to join the Valley Vision team.
Ruben Moody is Valley Vision’s Communications Intern.