I became interested in Make-a-Wish because I heard amazing and uplifting stories of what the foundation does for children with life threatening illnesses. But I didn't realize the ripple effect that these wishes have on the family, community, and Make-a-Wish employees until I became an intern. Every event attended, raffle ticket bought, donation made, and car sticker purchased goes toward making a wish come true. Every aspect of the Make-a-Wish Foundation works together and for each other in order to make magic for the children.
I instantly felt welcome in the office. The team is such a wonderful group of women - everyone is friendly and helpful! Some days felt more like a party than work, but I certainly can't complain about that!
Working in the office gave me valuable and transferable experience such as making spreadsheets, answering and transferring phone calls, assembling and distributing mailings, etc. These skills will be useful in almost every future internship or job. While useful, these skills were not all that I gained from the internship. I learned how to connect with others who share the common interest of helping people. This internship helped to remind me of and see how much good there is in the world.
Finally, this internship gave me confidence. I was not given busy work or small-scale tasks; instead, I was trusted with responsibilities that challenged my computer skills and creativity. I was encouraged to think big and work independently. I never would have thought that I could plan an event in two weeks time on a budget of less than eight dollars, or more importantly, be assigned the job of doing so. I have some fantastic experience to add to my resume and even better memories thanks to my internship with the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central New York.
-- Emily --