Around December 2017, I applied for this internship for this nonprofit called Golden Heroes. I applied for probably three different positions, but I ended up becoming an editorial intern. To my surprise, I was the first of them, and I had NO idea what I was getting myself into. This organization I have learned to love over time has only been around for a year, but they have done so much for their target audience.
Fast forward to May 2018, and I have become the head of the editorial branch, with other interns that I have had the privilege of training and getting to know.
Golden Heroes is a nonprofit organization that makes care packages to children with pediatric cancer (click here to request if eligible.) Though I have only worked with them for half a year, I have been so lucky to reach out to families and give them a reason to smile.
My job covers a couple things. I, amongst other interns, write articles for a blog post that covers three topics: pediatric cancer, articles about specific children who have or had cancer and what the nonprofit does in general. My favorite part is being able to interview families and write articles about their children, and honestly, it's one of the greatest things I've ever done.
Now, this isn't a typical internship, I've never actually met the people who I work with. Sure, we communicate, but it's through email or texting. A thing that is good about this particular internship is that it is very flexible. I have deadlines that I make for myself, but signing up I was told this is a 2 hour/ week commitment, which is really nice for someone who does a ton of stuff during the school year as well.
Working for Golden Heroes is amazing. In the past year, they have sent out 216 chemo kits, 90 care packages, 150 capes, and have had 32 partnerships. For only a year that is pretty amazing, and knowing that I have contributed in the tiniest way makes it worthwhile.
This may sound cliche, but my favorite part is just getting to hear a thank you from the person I am speaking to. They don't know me personally, and they still told me a touching story about something very personal to them. I can't thank them enough. Yes, it helps me with my job, but I love connecting with people in general. It makes me a better person.
I have learned so much for the short time I have been an intern for them. I don't even feel like an intern, I feel like I actually have a purpose for being a part of the team. I've learned that every family's journey is different. I have learned to empathize with people on a whole new level, and I have learned that cancer affects not just the child, but the immediate family, friends, and even strangers. Most importantly, I have been able to get a viewpoint from the parents of these children. It really makes the term "unconditional love" have a new meaning.
To answer the question of "what is it like to have an internship?" all I will say is that it is wonderful. I cannot think of any negatives to say about working with such kind-hearted individuals who thought of this nonprofit and made it happen only over a year ago. I cannot wait to see what they do in the future.
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