The Rewards of Interning at a Non-Profit

Throughout the spring semester, I worked at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as an office of advancement intern.

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.

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  1. Hey Krista! I am a senior ad major taking my first internship so congrats on getting your foot in the door early unlike myself. Honestly, it seems like you have a good idea of what you would like to do and the mindset to do it. It’s great that you had/have the opportunity to pick what you’re working on to a degree and have a boss/coworkers, who create a good environment. Best of luck!

  2. Hi Krista! Your experience at a non-profit sounds great. It’s awesome that you’re getting a wide array of experiences and being able to tailor your workload to what benefits both, you and LLS. It’s also super cool that you’re able to get a head start on interning. Hopefully your next two years bring you opportunities that are just as amazing as this one!

  3. Hi Krista! I actually was looking into the LLS internship as well. I ended up at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Working hands on with the topic of cancer is something that I can’t explain, and it seems like you are having a similar experience. I like how you stated the variety of projects you’re working on. I feel like that is most beneficial for us at this time in our careers, so we can really see to whole spectrum of businesses. Although I’m not working in a non-profit, I can relate to the positive feeling you have working for cancer patients. Thanks for the great post.

  4. Working with a non-profit can be very rewarding! it’s awesome to read about the common drive and dedication that is shared among everyone. For me, that would be an important part of any job. Even though your responsibilities could have been tedious, its great to know that your work is helping others. I have found that non-profits are incredibly organized and efficient, making it relatively easy to find your place in the company. Sounds like you had a great experience and hopefully you continue to find great places to work!