Golden LEAF External Affairs Intern Spotlight: Aleena Sexton

Golden LEAF External Affairs Intern Spotlight: Aleena Sexton

June 23, 2022

Name: Aleena Sexton
County Living In: Onslow County
Current College Attending: East Carolina University
Major/ Area of Study: Master’s in Communication

What does it mean to you to serve as an intern at Golden LEAF?
Being an intern at Golden LEAF means to give back to the community by providing support for rural and economically-distressed communities, supporting new jobs and increased workforce for these communities, and helping fellow students like myself.

What have you learned that you didn’t think would be a part of External Affairs work?
I learned how to use new data systems and other ways of organizing tasks through various programs. I also learned how new roles can develop in a short amount of time like the new Golden LEAF Scholarship Program Manager.

What are some of your favorite things you do as an intern at Golden LEAF?
My favorite things to do as an intern are to interact with the other members of the organization through projects, such as working together to develop a new database, interviewing members of Golden LEAF, meeting Golden LEAF Scholars, and learning more about the work of the foundation through compiling weekly news articles.

Describe Golden LEAF in three words…
I would describe Golden LEAF as efficient, charismatic, and helpful.

What type of work do you want to do when you graduate?
When I graduate, I want to do similar outreach work like I’m doing with Golden LEAF. I would like to work with the External Affairs department of an organization.

Would you like to share any words of advice for prospective interns?
I would like to share to not be afraid to ask questions even if you think they aren’t the smartest. Everyone at Golden LEAF is happy to help and answer any questions or concerns that you might have.

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