Throughout the spring semester, I worked at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) as an office of advancement intern. I am a sophomore advertising and public relations double major and have always seen non-profit work as a potential career path. I have never wanted to work at an agency, but would love to do some type of business communications in-house. Although my job title was fairly specific, I was able to work on a variety of projects and campaigns while at LLS. Specifically, I planned events, connected with donors, and even did designed some graphics. I was able to learn new skills while applying and developing the skills I already had on my resume. Because this was my first internship, it was a great start to a communications career. I learned a lot about logistics in the workplace. I also could not have asked for a better supervisor. After projects, I was always met with positive reinforcement and helpful, constructive criticism. She even asked what I would prefer to work on and what she could do to help me achieve my goals.
Showing up on the first day of my first internship was a very nerve-wracking experience; however, I am very happy I chose LLS. The office was very welcoming, and I was able to do some of everything. Collaborating effectively with others in the work place is key in any professional experience, but LLS is a true team effort. Working at a non-profit was a very positive and rewarding experience. Getting to interact with the community and patients LLS serves is a privilege. I always feel motivated at LLS, because everyone in the office is so driven toward a common cause. Seeing events and campaigns come together is extremely rewarding. People come together from all places and unite together in the fight against blood cancer- a fight to which I am so thankful I could contribute, during my time at LLS.