I interned at the American Red Cross because I wanted to get an inside view of the workings of an NPO (Non-Profit Organization) and have the opportunity to appreciate a job for things other than a paycheck.
My responsibilities mainly entailed the creation and implementation of a youth program for the City of Green Bay. The program is designed to teach kids the value of preparedness and good decision-making. This program took most of the summer to create and underwent many renovations in order to cater to the needs of the public.
During this internship I am gaining valuable experience in public relations and information analysis. I have learned to express my creativity and have found a lot of value in completing a task that I was given total ownership over. This internship also taught me how to better accept constructive criticism, being that the program had to go through many changes before a finished product was created.
My advice to any student considering employment as an intern is to not simply look at their employment as a paycheck, but as an experience. I learned more about myself, the workings of an NPO, and the needs of the Green Bay community than I did from any other place that I have worked, and this was the only job during which I was never compensated. The money doesn’t mean anything unless you can truly appreciate what you are doing.