by Jan Gunter
It’s that time of year again! Time to recruit interns!
Internships around here have evolved in one year from somewhat “accidental” into a well-developed program with six positions. It all started last year when in one semester two different university students contacted us wanting internships, and I happily brought on Amber Fricke and Meagan McCowen to intern in the spring. At the same time we also had a video intern, Guillermo Jimenez, so suddenly I was managing three interns, having never really done this before.
What a great experience it turned out to be!
Amber helped us launch our blog, Guillermo worked on several great video projects, and Meagan created major communications pieces for Bandana Ball. After that intern-rich semester, we decided to be more intentional about recruiting interns, and we had at least ten interns in 2011. Several of them have written guest blog posts for us.
Now we all love having interns so much that we don’t want to be without them, and we keep coming up with awesome new positions as we think strategically about how our needs and the needs of university students can be met at the same time.
We give interns a great experience so they can learn a lot about the day to day operations of a nonprofit – whether that is checking families in and out, writing press releases, running a social media campaign or working with one of our fundraising events. From all reports, our interns have a great experience with us, learn a lot, and look back on the internship as significant in their educational experience. Interns here have the opportunity to be involved in the work we do with families every day, supporting these families while they deal with their child’s hospitalization.
So – if you are seeking an internship or know of someone who is, please send them our way! We have one position filled, two more most likely filled, and three open as I write.