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Georgia WAND Intern Nakeshia Hill Shares Her Experience

On Saturday, September 7th, I set out to find a newsworthy story for my digital media class project. I had never covered a story before, so this was going to be interesting. Getting a tip from my mother, we headed downtown to see Georgia WAND at work protesting American government involvement in the highly publicized Syrian unrest. After snapping some photos, I had to get an interview with someone, so I was then introduced to the new Executive Director of Georgia WAND, Becky Rafter. I had never heard of Georgia WAND before, but in interviewing Becky I became interested in the work they were doing.

After closing the interview, and conversing more, Becky learned I was a student studying communications at Kennesaw State University and her eyes lit up. I did not know they were looking for student interns and volunteers for organization. She directed me to Georgia WAND’s Director of Organizing and Communication, Courtney Hanson, & I began interning Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

I started out at a staff meeting, learning more about Georgia WAND and the issues the organization constantly works to change. The following days included researching social media platforms, writing summary essays on them, learning administration navigation of WordPress, and moving forward with creating website posts and updates to the calendar.

The environment is relaxed, but focused; quiet, but full of life. Phones ring and staff meetings are held frequently in the office located off Georgia Avenue. The whole staff communicates with each other to get things done. Conference calls and staff meetings are constant, but if they were not, there would not be much work done. Someone is almost always traveling and supporting causes, and being present in D.C. so I get to see real women in action

Georgia WAND works with other civil rights organizations in areas in and outside of Atlanta. Becky made cards for everyone in the office to thank them for their work, even me and I am just an intern. Staff frequently hand-writes & sign thank you cards to members. I will definitely take that piece and carry it with me in the future. I enjoy being around women who promote change and justice in a positive way. It is inspiring.

Soon, the holiday party will be held and I am excited to meet more of the group. Here is a link to the article I produced for my school project.

http://ksudigital.blogspot.com/2013/09/georgia-wand-protest-september-7-2013.html

NaKeshia Hill is an intern with Georgia WAND. She currently studies Communication at Kennesaw State University and is pursuing a career in Media Relations.

NaKeshia Hill is an intern with Georgia WAND. She currently studies Communication at Kennesaw State University and is pursuing a career in Media Relations.


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