I’m Sadia, and I’m the current Media and Communications Intern at 3FF. I am approaching my 3rd year of university studying English Language and Linguistics. I applied for this role as I wanted to gain practical experience in communicating with audiences through words, visuals, and social media. I was also impressed by 3FF’s ambitions to bring different communities together, to reduce the notion of the ‘other’ in society.
Before starting my internship, I had never set foot in Kentish Town so it was refreshing to see a new side of London. It’s a short walk from the tube station to the office but I spend this time anticipating what I’ll be getting up to.
From the beginning of my internship, I was encouraged to approach the different teams in the organisation, and seek out opportunities that piqued my interest. This means that no day is the same. One hour I could be creating the team’s newsletter, and the next I could be working on our fundraising event with the other interns. (more on this later!)
Once I arrive at the office, the first thing I do is catch up on emails. By the time I’ve sifted through my mail, I begin to feel peckish so I take a trip to the kitchen. I’m rarely disappointed as there is always some form sweet treat waiting for me devour. It’s also a luxury having so many great cafes and restaurants right at our doorstep. A favourite of mine is Rima’s Patisserie and Bakery – formerly known as Le Moulin. They do amazing Lebanese cuisine at affordable prices. I particularly love their spinach and feta pies…yum!
The staff at 3FF enjoy eating their lunch together which is admirable. In an office setting, you’d assume everyone eats separately, silently stuffing a cheese and ham sandwich down their throat while furiously typing away at their keyboard. But the 3FF office is unique. Everyone makes the effort to eat together, and there’s a real sense of community and social cohesion.
I like to change up my tasks every so often throughout the day. So, if I was working on writing a press release in the morning, I would work on creating a graphic for the afternoon. I am grateful that my internship allows me to build my work portfolio whilst gaining new skills that I can take with me in the future. For example, I have been improving my graphic design skills through creating a mini graphic series of the current interns.
As mentioned, I’m also helping to organise an intern fundraising event on 14 September. It’s called The World House: An Evening of Poetry and Discussion, inspired by Martin Luther King’s book Where do we go from here? We have a grand total of six amazing poets performing for us on the night followed by a series of lively discussion sessions for poets and audience members to interact. The event is from 6:30 – 9pm at our offices in North West London. We’re so excited to present this, and would love for you to attend. If you’re interested, please head over to our Facebook page for more information. Alternatively, you can donate to our JustGiving page.
Overall, volunteering at 3FF has been a wonderful experience. With only three weeks left, I’ve gained plenty of practical skills, – which I hope to make use of in the near future -Â and memories in the office. I’m sure you all know that it’s an internship programme like no other!