I have now surpassed the halfway point of my three-month internship with Multilingual Community Interpreter Services (MCIS) in Toronto. For the past 8 weeks, the bulk of my time has been devoted to writing responses to Request for Proposals (RFPs) and developing a framework to help MCIS work towards its social impacts and measuring the outcomes of these impacts.
While a generalisation, it is accurate to say that many non-profits devote a large portion of their time and resources chasing scarce and short-term funding, in order to stay in business. It comes as no surprise then that I have written two RFP responses to date. I admit, I do feel the pressure of writing a winning response to these contracts because they are vital to MCIS’ financial sustainability and in turn MCIS’ ability to pursue its social justice agenda. The pressure to win has meant working 14 hour days. The first year MBA experience, with its punishing workload, has certainly prepared me well for these working conditions. Read more