My Experience as a Youth & College Intern: Creyona Baldwin

Picture courtesy of William Syms- Regional Field Fellow

Hi my name is Creyona Baldwin, I am 18 years old and from Toledo, Ohio.  I will be attending Xavier University of Louisiana in the fall. This summer I had the opportunity to intern with the NAACP Youth & College Division. My experience with the NAACP was a great experience. Before this summer I barely knew what the NAACP was about or what they did. Through my experience I’ve learned about the associations structure and how the NAACP operates. My experience inspired me so much that I became a member.  As an incoming freshman I look forward to affiliating with the college chapter at Xavier.

The biggest lesson I learned was the importance of completing my assignments in a timely matter. For an example, if I did not complete an assignment on time then someone else’s work would be delayed. Secondly, I learned the true meaning of working as a team. It is a proven fact that teamwork is essential to the everyday work life.  Lastly, my greatest experience was going to the 102nd NAACP National Convention in Los Angeles, California. I was able to network with different people and learned new skills that I can use in the future. My advice to anyone who plans on interning in the future is to stay on top of your work, network yourself among the office, and be open to learning something new everyday. With the great work of this association, I challenged myself to continue the fight to equality for everyone. I thank everyone who made my experience and summer amazing.