Internship Insights: James Dykman
My internship at the World Affairs Council of San Antonio has been life changing. I had the opportunity to develop a multitude of skills that I will continue to use in the future. Being involved with the International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner, one of the largest events of the year for the Council, gave me an opportunity to hone a skill I’ve always been working on: organization. By crafting the event timeline, drafting the program agenda, and writing and editing the event script, I learned how crucial staying organized is to completing a complex project. The bonus, of course, was singing the National Anthem to the Former First Lady Laura Bush.
Working with a non-profit was never something I intended to do, but I’m glad to have been introduced to that world through the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. Seeing how non-profits can contribute to the community and how those contributions are funded helps give direction to my involvement in non-profits for the future, whether that be on committees or boards.
One of the most valuable aspects of being part of such an incredible organization has been the connections and friendships I have developed. Building networks is my passion, and through the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, my San Antonio network has grown immensely, making this city look more and more like a home.