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NYC Interns: Go Pro Bono and Strengthen Your Resume

July 14, 2011

 NYC Interns: Go Pro Bono and Strengthen Your Resume

The NY Creative Interns team, including (L to R) Marny Smith, Emily Miethner and Reb Carlson, is organizing a July 20 wine mixer for those interested in pro bono work.

By Alex Braun

If you live in the New York City area and could use some wine professional project work to round out your resume, you don’t want to miss next Wednesday’s Catchafire wine mixer, sponsored by NY Creative Interns and The Morris + King Company.

Catchafire is a website that matches people who want to showcase a certain professional skill with pro bono work for nonprofits. You can choose either from a list of projects or a list of organizations that interest you, and apply straight from the site to contribute your talent. (Please be aware that most projects require 2+ years of experience, but internships do count.) In browsing the site, I saw that many of the projects could be scheduled flexibly, making Catchafire an ideal venue for students or people who are already employed to build out their resumes.

Pro bono projects give you high-quality experience that can pay off the next time you see a similar job listing.

The “catch” in “Catchafire?” Well, pro bono is Latin for “they’re not going to pay you.” However, just as taking an unpaid internship can increase your earning potential, pro bono projects give you high-quality experience that can pay off the next time you see a similar job listing. And it just sounds more character-establishing than “unpaid internship,” you know?

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Drinks at the Catchafire meetup will be provided by Terra Fossil Wines.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. July 20 at 101 Fifth Ave. #8F with a presentation from Catchafire employees about how their system works and testimonials from previous pro bono workers. At the end, you’ll get to discuss work you’d like to do and the types of causes you support. Admission is $10 for professionals and $5 for students or recent grads.

Throughout the event, wine bottles with dinosaurs on them will be present, but we’d advise you to imbibe conservatively and avoid listing “dinosaurs” as one of your cause interests. Because let’s face it, they’re dead.

Want to attend this event? Go reserve your spot at the “Give What You’re Good At” Eventbrite page.

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