Today is National Intern Day (it might sound like a fake holiday, but if there can be a National Lumpy Rug Day, then certainly we can celebrate the growing professionals of America)! If you’re an intern with First Book, there are so many reasons to celebrate.
Get to know some of our interns on staff and what they love about First Book!
Meet the Interns
Catie Tresslar—Marketing and Communications
That’s me! I’m from Chicago, Illinois, and I am a rising senior at Georgetown University studying government, English, and Spanish. My favorite part about working at First Book (apart from free food) is that everyday looks different, especially in marketing and communications (aka MarComm aka the best department).
Some days I am capturing educators stories and smiles at book distributions; and the next day I am collecting content from impact stories and taking a deep dive into the driving force of the First Book community.
The most rewarding aspect of being part of this team at First Book, however, has been seeing my projects directly reach the greater community. I have written blogs that will reach educators, created content for social media to engage a larger community, and helped create read-aloud videos that I know will inspire the next generation of young readers. My job is to share stories and bring my creativity to First Book’s mission and it is the best job in the world.
Gavin Stephenson – Marketing and Communications
I’m Gavin Stephenson, a graduate student at Georgetown University studying integrated marketing communications. Having previously no experience working in the nonprofit space, I joined the First Book marketing and communications team with an aim to learn how, where, what, and to whom nonprofits market their services.
The marketing and communications team here at First Book is unique in that we offer support to the other departments, so we have the opportunity to interact interdepartmentally with colleagues and contribute to a diversity of projects. The team is full of talented, energetic individuals who you look forward to seeing in the office each morning and deeply care about First Book’s mission, which is reflected in the great work they produce.
Tess Reiman- Strategic Alliances
I am a junior political science and educational policy double major from Davidson College in North Carolina. I am a Cameron Impact Scholar, a member of the Women’s Varsity Lacrosse team, and a tutor at the Davidson Speaking Center. I also founded a nonprofit, Project Storybook, that provides First Book books to kids moving into Habitat for Humanity homes.
As a Strategic Alliances Intern, I support the team in researching corporate partnerships, educational issues, and new business development, among other projects. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn about the impact of nonprofit and corporate partner relations and First Book’s mission-focused work that allows for positive change.
Allie Castro—HR Intern
I’m senior at George Mason University’s School of Business studying management with a focus in human resources and consulting. My favorite thing about First Book is the company culture. We’re made up of friendly, hardworking people who are passionate about the work they do. First Bookers also have a great sense of humor — one of the many reasons I look forward to coming to work.
Even though my department is not directly involved in much of the work First Book does, I still feel like I am a part of it, however small, and that my work is meaningful. This experience has greatly impacted my view of my future career and given me the opportunity to see what life after graduation will be like.
First Book supports the learning needs of children everywhere and bolsters the professional learning goals for young adults who are also passionate about First Book’s mission. No task is too small or idea too big for an intern here.
Being an intern at First Book is about more than strengthening your resume. It means getting to be part of a community — with kids, families, educators, and supporters alike — with the same passion for giving kids everything they need for learning and a bright future.