I was an intern in the executive management department at American Red Cross of the Ohio Buckeye Region. Some of the main projects I worked on include creating a new computerized filing system, a newsletter for the Regional Staff and Board of Directors (example linked below), inventory control, and planning/attending events, such as the 2018 Division Meeting.
Throughout my internship at the Red Cross, I was constantly reminded of how satisfying it is to work for a humanitarian organization. My goal at this internship was to determine whether I would like to work for organizations, such as the Red Cross, once I graduate with a Public Health degree. After spending three months with the amazing, helpful staff and board members, attending meetings where I was able to network for my future, and learning about the amazing work that the Red Cross does for society, I can confidently say that it would be a dream come true to work for such an organization.
During my time at the Red Cross, I learned a lot about what it takes to succeed in the professional world. I had the amazing opportunity to attend important meetings, such as the Board of Directors Meetings and the Annual Meeting, where I was able to network and learn more about the Red Cross. I also had the chance to meet with several Directors of the Ohio Buckeye Region where I was able to ask for professional advice on post-graduation and career plans.
I also learned a lot about how the Red Cross helps society. I learned about a local annual program called Sound the Alarm, which helps install free smoke alarms in at-risk communities. This type of work is not only rewarding, but it also gives staff members and volunteers a chance to interact with their local community and learn more about their needs. The Red Cross has confirmed that a future career in humanitarian work would be amazing and very fulfilling.
Working with the Red Cross gave me insight on how to run a non-profit organization. Not only did I witness work in the executive office, but I also interacted with volunteers and community members. All of these positions are equally respected at the Red Cross because they value collaboration over competition when working in communities. This gave me hope for my future in social services. It is my dream to find a career that emphasizes helping others while also encouraging collaboration amongst members in an organization.
I would like to mention that I will not be leaving the Red Cross anytime soon! I have been given the amazing opportunity to work in the Volunteer Services Department as a Youth Engagement Lead. In this position, I will be helping high school and college students connect with the Red Cross in four areas of youth engagement: volunteerism, blood donation, fundraising, and learning. Receiving this position is not only a great opportunity in itself, but it is also a great honor to know that the Red Cross feels that I can contribute to their organization.
After graduation, I plan on taking a gap year between graduate school and/or getting a master’s degree. During this gap year, I plan on getting my certificate in dietetics and I will be continuing my work as a Youth Engagement Lead at the Red Cross. Without this amazing position and my internship experience, I would not have gained skills in health administration and I would not be as confident in my future as a public health professional.
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