Distinctly Downtown: Life as a DAP Intern

I discovered that the city of Akron is blooming with new restaurants such as Italian Casual Dining Pronto and Mexican cuisine Nuevo, and attracting the community to different events such as Restaurant Week and Wednesday Hump Day. In effort to keep Akron a vibrant and an attractive city, it takes a lot of work, and such a small staff completes it. I had the privilege to intern with the non-profit organization that makes all of the magic happen for Downtown Akron and that is Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP).

My internship experience with DAP was beyond incredible. I discovered that there is not enough time in one day to accomplish the type of activities the team completes on a daily basis. Going into the internship I was not sure what to expect, but I assumed it was going to be a fast paced environment. DAP welcomed me into their office family with open arms and I could not imagine being anywhere else.

Throughout the last couple months I have worked on projects to prepare for First Night Akron. You might have seen me volunteering at Metro Traffic Jam, Akron Art Prize in

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conjunction with the Downtown Akron Artwalk or working inside of the DAP office. I received the opportunity to learn more about the terrific city of Akron and a chance to meet people in the community. At the community events, I handed out items such as DAP Band-Aids, First Night tattoos, DAP pens and Do Downtown saving cards.

My internship experience gave me the opportunity to dine at the downtown Akron restaurants such as Baxter’s and The Lockview. I enjoyed a tasty gourmet grilled cheese sandwich from The Lockview.
Rosheeda FN artist kits blogI formed long-lasting friendships and I learned a great deal of information at DAP that will prepare me for my future. I learned the importance of proper planning, organization and community involvement I am extremely excited for First Night Akron and I cannot wait to help with the event. I look forward to bringing in the New Year with the Akron community.