Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: Community and Public Health
Company/Organization: Children's Cancer Connection
Company/Organization website: http://childrenscancerconnection.org/
Title: Programs and Development Intern
Destination: Des Moines
Timeframe: Spring 2017
Advisor/Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was responsible for...
When I started with Children's Cancer Connection, I worked as a Programs and Development Intern, which required me to attend advisory committee meetings, solicit and pick up donations items for our largest fundraising event, Camping the Night Away, organize donations into "auction packages" obtain large auction items of $1,000 or more, work with Children's Cancer Connection's Special Events Manager to coordinate fundraising events, attend and host volunteer orientations and work with scheduling volunteers. The second part of my internship I switched roles and became a Residential Camp Intern where I was responsible creating a family camp opportunity for the Children Cancer Connection Families, obtain all documentation for Oncology and Sibling camps and assist with future camp activities.
I think that my greatest accomplishment from my experience was stepping outside of my comfort zone and experience more leadership roles through fundraising. Helping assist with a large event was a huge accomplishment and seeing our overall success of raising $84,000 and hosting over 400 people to raise awareness for children diagnosed with cancer or a serious illness was a fulfilling moment.
The greatest lesson that I learned from Children's Cancer Connection, is that no matter where you are in life, having a support team and a family, immediate or not, is truly amazing. Working with such compassionate and caring individuals who give all they have to help families and children throughout the entire cancer journey was one of those most amazing experiences. Seeing how everyone works as a team for one goal to do everything they can to ensure that the families are taken care of first.
Advice for others...
My advice for students who are looking for an internship in Community and Public Health would be to keep an open mind to all experiences. Even if the "role" of the intern isn't what you were expecting, you will experience so much more than you ever thought you would.