Taylor Nelson, '13 - Community Engagement Institute

Global Playground

taylorJunior Taylor Nelson is majoring in Sociology with a Community Studies minor. Through the Summer Community Engagement Institute, Taylor found an internship with Global Playground, a non-profit organization that funds education initiatives around the world and then promotes cross-cultural exchange between their students at their project site as well as with students in the U.S.

One of Taylor's favorite parts of her internship was working with current and incoming fellows, granting her an insider's look at the expectations of a fellow. She also enjoyed building relationships with the staff as she worked on projects with a variety of staff and board members.   Starting the summer with a "to do" list, Taylor learned how to prioritize projects.  She also had the opportunity to create and launch a project called the Moment of the Week.

For interns seeking to make a positive impression, Taylor suggests “Ask for a coffee date.” Take the time to build contacts and network, whether that means shaking hands and asking for a business card or sitting down with someone in a career field you are considering.   “Try to connect with William & Mary alumni,” she suggests, “because they are usually willing and excited to help you in any way they can.”