By: Leah Yohannes

When I began the search for my first internship this past summer, I was warned by many of my peers that I should be prepared for constant coffee runs, and the stereotypical intern treatment – think The Devil Wears Prada, but not as fancy. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived for my interview and was promptly informed that that is not the way things work at Town Hall Los Angeles.

As a small nonprofit, the Town Hall Los Angeles staff values their team. Interns are entrusted with important tasks, which allows us to see our work reflected in the content that Town Hall produces. On my first day, I was immediately given the passwords to all of THLA’s media accounts, and the freedom to creatively engage Town Hall’s online audience. This level of trust allowed me to grow and perform in a professional work setting for the first time.

I enjoyed watching the programs come together, and getting to see firsthand how a nonprofit functions. By attending the events, I was granted valuable networking opportunities and found myself becoming more civically minded. Despite growing up near Los Angeles my whole life, I found myself learning more about the LA than I ever could have imagined.

I found that Town Hall members are experienced professionals who are willing to contribute their resources to helping their community grow. The fact that they choose Town Hall Los Angeles as the means of doing so, speaks to the power of THLA’s global platform.

Overall, I could not be happier with my time at Town Hall. Thank you to everyone at Town Hall for consistently taking every teaching opportunity, and dedicating your time and energy into making sure that I got the most out of my experience.