My Perspective: Shannon Trammel

STShannon Trammel, our intern, gives us her perspective on BBDF. From lessons learned to insider info, this is a post you don’t want to miss.  

 

As someone working on the inside of the foundation, what is something you can share with others they may not know about BBDF?
It’s a small, but extremely successful foundation. With as few employees and interns as we have, we’ve raised millions of dollars. That kind of result shows how powerful a few people can be.

What inspired you to apply for an internship at Beyond Batten Disease Foundation?
I was looking for something other than college to give me experience with nonprofit organizations and human and health services.

What type of projects did you handle during your time here?
While here, I worked on fundraising projects, data collection and entry, and research. This benefited the foundation in regards to grants, conference planning, and development.

What was the best part about working at BBDF?
The best part is that knowing even the littlest things you do are allowing the foundation to take one step closer to finding a cure to Batten disease. It makes even the smallest tasks rewarding.

What did you learn while working at BBDF?
I learned what leadership look like. Running a very successful foundation like BBDF requires some serious hard work and resourcefulness.

What is something you have learned about yourself during your time here?
I learned how to think on my feet, especially when planning and executing my own projects. Sometimes, I’d have to make my own calls and judge a situation without being able to talk to BBDF staff first. It taught me to trust myself and my decisions, as they were almost always the right ones.

If you could give one piece of advice to future interns what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. BBDF always has projects to be done, ranging across all professional fields. If you’re a biologist, Danielle has plenty for you to do. If you’re an administrator, you have endless projects to work on. If you are a fundraiser, you have the chance to write grants. There are tons of opportunities here, so ask for what you want.

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