Guest Blog: Spring Internship

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July 18, 2019
Acelin Guerrero Garcia

As a fourth year student at the University of California, Riverside majoring in Sustainability Studies with a minor in Business Administration, I knew I wanted to learn about the social impact the environment has on families in low-income communities. Because of my interest in sustainability, I decided to look into potentially interning at GRID Alternatives Inland Empire through an internship course offered in my school for students majoring in sustainability studies.

When I learned about GRID Alternatives in my third year of college through a presentation done by a GRID Alternatives SolarCorps student, I was amazed at how GRID helps low-income families save through their no cost solar program and the opportunities offered to students such as internships and training. That presentation sparked my interest to pursue an internship with GRID. When the chance to apply for the internship class approached, I immediately took it.

Shortly after applying, I received a call from Natasha Ferguson, Marketing Communications Specialist, who interviewed me for the Marketing and Communications Internship position. Although I did not know what to expect, I was ecstatic at the opportunity.

Through the Marketing and Communications Internship under the supervision of Natasha Ferguson, I was able to learn and develop skills that I would not have learned in a different setting such as in my customer service job. I was able to attend events and solar installations, as well as interview partners and homeowners. Through this experience I learned how homeowners appreciate the work GRID Alternatives does in providing free solar to reduce their electricity bill and help the environment. Additionally, I also learned about the different tools needed to install solar panels and electric breaker boxes.

During my time at GRID, I was also able to work on writing blog articles for the monthly newsletter, conducting interviews with homeowners and partners, helping with events such as the Mother’s Day Sip and Paint and taking photos at events for marketing. My favorite event was participating in the Sip and Paint. The event allowed me to learn about the skills needed in order to prepare and organize an event. I also learned various skillsets working in the office, which allowed me to refine my computer skills and become more responsible in getting assignments done.

Through the guidance of my supervisor Natasha Ferguson, GRID Alternatives definitely helped me to gain valuable skills that will help me in my future career. This internship encouraged me to pursue my interest in green marketing or work for a non-profit organization like GRID Alternatives. I am very thankful to GRID Alternatives for this opportunity.

GRID Alternatives is a great non-profit organization in which you can give back to the community and support a greener Inland Empire. If you would like to intern at Grid Alternatives and have an interest in Marketing and Communications, visit GRID’s website or call (951) 228-9381 to learn more and apply.