This week, we sit down with Partnership Development Intern Tatiana Lieberman as she takes us through her experience as a member of the Concordia team and shares her thoughts on what lies ahead.
I think it was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A lot of internships do not offer the opportunity to go to Colombia, but it was an in-the-moment decision for the team, and we never expected that interns would get to participate. I think that it added a dynamic component and it was really fulfilling to get to see all the hard work that we all put into the Summit come to fruition. We had been working on different roundtables, strategic dialogues, and Day of Engagement, and to actually see them come together was really interesting.
I am an animal science major [laughs] at Cornell, so I did not know a lot about working in a non-profit startup environment coming into this, and I feel that each day I learn something new. So far, I’ve learned how to work at a fast pace and how to meet deadlines, but Concordia has also taught me how to interact with people at a higher status level and how to be respectful no matter what the situation is. We’re a small team that has a lot of impact.
I am very excited to see how the Annual Summit’s programming will fall into place, but also to see how a lot of partnerships are being developed as we build our relationships, target new organizations, and broker partnerships between companies that would not otherwise interact. It’s very interesting that we make sure that if a company needs help in that sense, that they come to Concordia. I think it’s really cool to see them accomplish a goal that they want to achieve.
To be prepared for anything [laughs]. I think that anything can be thrown at you, and you can be helping with a lot of different things. The office is dynamic and moving all the time, so you just need to be eager to help anyone when they need it and not shy away from anything. If someone needs help, they may not always ask for it, so make sure to be proactive and ask them first, it’s really helpful to them.