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American Lung Association
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Katherine Miller

Major: Economics
Minor: German, Labor and Employment Relations
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I found this internship on internships.com. I have been interested in non-profit work for a while and thought that it would be good to look into. I applied online through the website with my resume and a cover letter. I received an email requesting a phone interview and later was offered the position. I happily accepted.  After accepting, I applied for Enrichment Funding.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My position at the American Lung Association was Event and Development Intern. My primary overall goal was to assist with the planning of our event in October. The event is a 5K walk called the Lung Force Walk. I helped with finding sponsorships, helping out with volunteers, and much more. At the start of my internship I was tasked with drafting letters to potential donors and sponsors. These letters needed to be very persuasive and also informative. I was also lucky enough to sit in on a board meeting. It was interesting to see how members of the board, ranging from doctors to business men and women, interacted with one another. I also was allowed to sit in on meeting and share my opinions and ideas for fundraising. I made a lot of calls to past walk participants to let them know that the Lung Force Walk was coming up. I also was on the Lung Force Walk Committee and was able to become more involved that way. The Committee consisted of staff and volunteers who wanted to see the walk succeed. I learned how a non-profit works and what it needs to thrive. I gained valuable insight into the non-profit industry as a whole.

 I learned how a non-profit works and what it needs to thrive.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I believe that this experience greatly improved my writing skills. I was asked to draft letters to donors, sponsors, and event past participants of events. Each letter had to be different to fit its recipient. The past participant letters were less serious. They consisted of thanking the participant and telling them of future events that we have planned. The sponsor and donor letters varied from thank you for their donation letters to politely asking for a donation. These letters need to be very persuasive while also being tasteful. I was writing something new every day at my internship, because of this. It exposed me to many forms of writing that I was not used to. Because of this, I believe that my writing skills were strengthened. I will take these skills and use them in my upcoming classes and also future job searches.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My work at a non-profit this summer has been very impactful to my future career goals. My internship made me realize how much I value helping others and volunteering. When I am looking at companies for my future career, I plan to ask about opportunities to volunteer. I want to work for a company that also values community service. I believe that it is important for our values to align. I would like a career in human resources. I think that my internship exposed me to a lot of skills that would be valuable in that field. However, I am not sure if I would like a full time position at a non-profit. I enjoyed the work but I also want to explore other possibilities. In the future, I may return to the non-profit world.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would recommend this experience to students. I learned a great deal throughout this internship. I learned about a whole industry. I also learned how to work in an office and be a part of a professional team. The internship also strengthened my fundraising and interpersonal skills. I feel that I learned a great deal from the internship and that other students can benefit from it as well.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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