Give three words that sum up your internship experience.
Collaborative, Valuable, Reflective
How did you learn about your internship?
“I learned about this internship through correspondence with the Career Services office, when I was in a search to work for a non-profit in the local community.”
Describe your internship.
“The Marketing department coordinates many communication efforts between the different departments and team members at Hospice Alliance - including nurses, administration, chaplains, volunteers and even patients. As an intern, I have helped develop, design, and write different materials to promote the different services offered by each department. I have also gotten the opportunity to coordinate my own event, a documentary screening at the SC Johnson Golden Rondelle Theater. In short, any project that the marketing department finds for me to work on, I step up to the plate to help out in any way that I can!”
What do you enjoy most about your internship? What are some of the challenges?
“My favorite part about my internship is seeing the wide variety of work that is required from the department and how impactful it can be to be versatile. From setting up meetings with patients to planning fundraisers, Marketing can take care of it all, and I have been able to help in every area. The main challenge of this internship has been learning new ways to think about and view end-of-life care. Death is, in a way, a sensitive taboo topic, but this internship has helped me see it in different ways.”
How does your internship fit with your long-term career goals?
“My long-term career goal is to continue working in marketing, specifically dealing with special events or fundraisers. Ideally, I would like to stay with a non-profit or work directly with a community park district. This internship has been a better fit than I could have ever imagined because not only do I get to see the work that goes behind a non-profit, but I have also been able to help promote the truly innovative and unique programs and services that are offered.”
During your internship search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
“During my internship, I stood out to employers by bringing along a portfolio that I had put together. This provided a clear example of the work that I am capable of while also demonstrating professionalism.”
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship search process?
“During the search, it was very helpful to keep an open mind about opportunities. I would have never seen myself working at Hospice Alliance, but after having this internship, I am truly grateful for everything that I have been able to experience.”
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
“Never say “no.” There have been multiple times where I have been asked to do projects that required certain software systems or skills that I was not too confident in. However, my willingness to try and learn has helped me overcome these challenges.”