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GSAE internship

More than Just an Internship
BY SOFIA BOUCHER
AT THE BEGINNING of my spring 2017
semester at Cornell University,
I was in a car accident that left
me with a severe concussion and
on bed rest for a month. I not only
missed one third of the semester,
but most of Cornell's internship
recruitment opportunities for the
upcoming summer. Despite my
injury, I committed to catching up
on my coursework and securing
my first summer internship. Two
weeks before final exams ended,
I had succeeded in catching up
in my classes and had made it to

the final round of interviews for
a potential summer job. However,
I didn't get the position due to
lack of experience. Two weeks
before summer break, I was back
to square one and in that first job
conundrum: I couldn't get my first
internship because I didn't have
prior internship experience...
I was so disappointed that
I didn't succeed on my first try.
I had subconsciously tied my
success landing an internship with
making a comeback from my car
accident. When I had all but given

Sofia Boucher with the staff at the Georgia Restaurant Association.
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up hope, I received an email from
a family friend and restaurateur
in Atlanta informing me of a
marketing position that was open
with the Georgia Restaurant
Association (GRA). By the end of
the week, I had interviewed for
the position and received an offer
letter. It couldn't have fallen into
place more seamlessly. I was so
appreciative and began to actually
see the power of networking and
relationships in the professional
world. I look at my internship
with GRA as serendipitous,
and I am truly grateful to
have had this opportunity.
What followed was a whirlwind.
Having never been to the south,
I moved down to Atlanta just a
few weeks later to spend my first
summer away from my family.
I was anxious yet excited about
living in my own apartment,
commuting to work every day, and
"adulting." I felt ready for this.
I was welcomed into the GRA
office, nestled on the 19th floor
of an office building downtown.
Greeted by an incredible view and
10 smiling faces, I was excited
to learn. I wanted to be a sponge
and use this opportunity to get a
taste for the working world I hope
to join after graduation. Looking
back on my internship, I now
realize that I achieved this and so
much more.
I have built confidence in myself
as a competent worker and as a
self-sufficient individual. During
my time at GRA, I learned how
to function in an office as an
adult while navigating personal
responsibility and building
relationships. The autonomy I had



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Fall 2017

GSAE News & Events
New Members
Living Legends: Aubie Knight, CIC, AAI, CRM; Susan Cheshire, CAE; and Jim Moody, CAE
Giving Together to Help the Hungry
GSAE Doing Good Works & Helping Their Communities
8 Steps to Successful Mobile Activation
GSAE Internship
GSAE Fall Events Round-Up
Meetings Thought Leadership
Destination: South Carolina
Choices: Herbal Tea on the Job
Index of Advertisers
Advertiser.com
Connections - Fall 2017 - intro
Connections - Fall 2017 - bellyband1
Connections - Fall 2017 - bellyband2
Connections - Fall 2017 - cover1
Connections - Fall 2017 - cover2
Connections - Fall 2017 - 3
Connections - Fall 2017 - 4
Connections - Fall 2017 - 5
Connections - Fall 2017 - GSAE News & Events
Connections - Fall 2017 - 7
Connections - Fall 2017 - 8
Connections - Fall 2017 - 9
Connections - Fall 2017 - 10
Connections - Fall 2017 - New Members
Connections - Fall 2017 - Living Legends: Aubie Knight, CIC, AAI, CRM; Susan Cheshire, CAE; and Jim Moody, CAE
Connections - Fall 2017 - 13
Connections - Fall 2017 - 14
Connections - Fall 2017 - 15
Connections - Fall 2017 - Giving Together to Help the Hungry
Connections - Fall 2017 - 17
Connections - Fall 2017 - GSAE Doing Good Works & Helping Their Communities
Connections - Fall 2017 - 19
Connections - Fall 2017 - 8 Steps to Successful Mobile Activation
Connections - Fall 2017 - 21
Connections - Fall 2017 - GSAE Internship
Connections - Fall 2017 - 23
Connections - Fall 2017 - GSAE Fall Events Round-Up
Connections - Fall 2017 - 25
Connections - Fall 2017 - Meetings Thought Leadership
Connections - Fall 2017 - 27
Connections - Fall 2017 - Destination: South Carolina
Connections - Fall 2017 - Choices: Herbal Tea on the Job
Connections - Fall 2017 - Advertiser.com
Connections - Fall 2017 - cover3
Connections - Fall 2017 - cover4
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