In 2014 the Massachusetts State Officer Team created the first intern program for BPA in Massachusetts. Their vision was to give motivated BPA members a chance to give back to the organization, develop leadership skills and make new friends.
Interns work behind the scenes alongside conference staff to make SLC a success. Interns are problem-solvers, beasts of burden, our eyes and ears on the ground - answering questions and most importantly they are public-facing representatives of our organization.
An intern should be ready to help move furniture in the ballroom, aid a workshop presenter, assist with data-entry, helping at reception, finding answers to questions for members and chapter advisers and other duties as required.
Due to constantly changing priorities, interns must be flexible and adapt to changes. It is important to remain calm and professional under stress and always remember that members of the public may judge our entire organization by how they see interns, conference staff and our members behaving. A friendly smile, desire to help and willingness to work hard are the only major requirements.
Interns are expected to satisfy any requirements of their chapter, such as attending workshops or competing in events, in addition to their intern duties. Interning is not an alternative to competing in events but is meant to be an extra responsibility added to your regular conference experience. Time management and communication will be key to your success.
If you want to know what it’s like to run a large conference, this is your opportunity to learn.