So here I am, Lee and I meeting for the first time with such a title as internship- so we got straight down to business. Initially discussing the history of Leidenshaftlich Lernen, where it came from where their philosophies stemmed from, moving onto their achievements and further on to their future intentions. When a clear picture was painted and any number of questions answered we moved onto their internship program that I will betatest as their first intern.
And as a first activity I decided ot interview Lee:
What is it about volunteering with you that makes it a win-win for both?
I want to shout out total freedom at first thought, because it’s really about self-directed learning, having freedom to find out what you want and ‘autonomy support’. There is no such thing as extrinsic motivation so all I can ask you is, what do you want to do today. And I think that internships are the best way to grow in your professinal life. It can be done at any age and should, why? Because in the future nothing is as important as learing new things. People who can start from zero are best prepared for the future challengen. We try to implement this and our Internships can be your vehicle to find your way into the economy.
What do you expect from the internship?
First we want to build great relationships with the individual. Secon we’re also looking for people to join our team, if they choose to stay on. It also goes hand in hand with our mission and philosophy of giving young people opportunities and seeing them flourish.
So do I make tea or coffee when I come into the office?
As you may have noticed in the description of our internship you are not here to brew coffee but to learn new things and to grow, shine and share.
Are you actually interested in my project?
Yeah! It’s exciting to see a youg person who’s not lost their curiosity, to follow them and actually support them! And I really want to see this plastic boat come to life 😀
Do you hope for a chain reaction of interns now?
Haha, not really We’re going to see how it works with one for now.
Thank you for the interview