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Navigating Success: A Glimpse into Life at Truckee Meadows Tomorrow with Intern Grace Fissel.


Are you a prospective intern, employee, or sponsor curious about what it's like to work with Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT) and eager to gain personal insights from firsthand experiences? Join me as I share my journey and offer valuable tips for success as an intern with the dynamic TMT team, guided by the invaluable mentorship of Kylie Rowe, Executive Director of Truckee Meadows Tomorrow.

As a strategic communications intern at TMT, I began on an exciting path filled with learning opportunities, professional growth, and meaningful experiences. The internship provided me with hands-on experience in communication strategies, community engagement initiatives, and project management under Kylie's guidance. During my time at TMT, I leveraged the skills acquired during my university education to great effect within my internship role. Notably, I honed my ability to meticulously help create monthly content calendars, a task essential for strategic planning. Additionally, undertaking a Canva training course early in my internship allowed me to witness tangible improvements in my design proficiency. 

One of the key takeaways from my internship experience at TMT is the emphasis on good organization and continual support. Kylie and the team at TMT fostered an environment where interns are encouraged to ask questions, seek guidance, and contribute ideas. This support system not only enhanced my learning but also instilled confidence in my abilities to tackle challenging tasks. I had the privilege of collaborating with an exceptional team at TMT, whose support and guidance allowed me to flourish. Their unwavering assistance was invaluable, and I am deeply grateful for their contributions to my growth. Moreover, I had the opportunity to facilitate the transition of social media responsibilities to the Estipona Group as I prepare to depart.

“My internship with Truckee Meadows Tomorrow gave me amazing hands-on experience in strategic communications, allowing me to apply my journalism skills to real-world projects and have a meaningful impact in the community.“

At TMT, positivity influences every aspect of the work culture. From team meetings to collaborative projects, there's a strong sense of friendship and mutual respect among colleagues. The inclusive and supportive culture fostered an environment that encouraged creativity, innovation, and personal development. For example, I had the chance to join a TMT team-building experience where we shared a delicious breakfast from Josef’s and completed a leadership voice personality assessment and discussed more on how to develop our personal leadership.

One of the highlights of my internship journey was the opportunity to attend and participate in various events. From getting to meet the team in person, going to the news stations around town, to TMT hosted events, each event offered invaluable insights into community engagement, what the company does, and strategic communication tactics. I had the privilege of representing TMT at the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship Women's Symposium at the University of Nevada, Reno on International Women's Day. It was a valuable experience to engage with a diverse group of individuals and gain fresh perspectives. I diligently took notes to share insights with my mentor and independently crafted a caption for social media alongside capturing moments through photography.

Throughout my internship at TMT, I had the privilege of documenting my experiences through captivating photos from events, team outings, and community engagements. These visual snapshots serve as cherished memories and an illustration of the impactful work being done at TMT under Kylie's leadership. Here are some notable events I had the privilege to attend: on the right, our visit to News 4, and on the left, our insightful tour of KUNR.

Tips for Success: Navigating Your Internship Journey

  • Be Proactive: Seize every opportunity to learn, grow, and contribute to projects and initiatives.

  • Communicate Effectively: Maintain open communication with your supervisor and colleagues to ensure clarity and alignment on tasks and expectations.

  • Embrace Challenges: View challenges as opportunities for growth and innovation, and don't hesitate to seek guidance when needed.

  • Network and Build Relationships: Take advantage of networking opportunities to expand your professional network and forge meaningful connections within the industry.

  • Document Your Journey: Capture your internship experiences through photos, notes, and reflections to commemorate your growth and achievements.

My internship experience at Truckee Meadows Tomorrow has been nothing short of fundamental, thanks to Kylie’s amazing guidance and the supportive team environment. From understanding the complexities of strategic communications to deeply involving myself in community engagement efforts, each part of my journey has been fulfilling and beneficial. As you embark on your own internship journey, remember to embrace every opportunity, build meaningful relationships, and strive for excellence in all your endeavors. With dedication, perseverance, and the right mentorship, the possibilities for growth and success are endless.

About Truckee Meadows Tomorrow

Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving Northern Nevada as the vital hub for quality of life data. For more than 30 years, TMT has collaborated with educators, business, policy-makers, community leaders, and residents to make better informed decisions to improve our regional quality of life. Learn more at and access data at


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