Liberal Arts Career Services
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AIDS Services of Austin

Spring 2017  

Position: Development Intern
Student: Sociology Senior

The summer of my third year at The University of Texas was spent pondering on what institution I would reach out to for my senior internship. I pursued non-profit organizations that operated on a large scale within the central Texas area. My professional home for the next academic school year ended up being Aids Services of Austin (ASA). ASA is an organization dedicated to building healthy futures within the central Texas area by providing services for those affected by HIV. Their services include free HIV/STI testing, assistance with counseling, housing, nutrition, dental health and overall health. The organization also has plans to expand into a pharmacy so clients can receive their medication directly from ASA. In order to fund all of these services, ASA applies for grants while also hosting annual large to small scale events that encourage donations. The team responsible for these events and essentially the heart of ASA is the Development Team which consists of a Director, Event Coordinator, Communications Coordinator and Donor Relations Specialist. As a member of the Development team for ASA I worked on projects for each member and eventually transitioned from an intern learning to a professional collaborating. Each project was hands on and enabled me to apply skills learned in class to gain real world experience and evaluate my performance to mature. Due to operating on a weekly/project based schedule, I never had set day to day responsibilities. I would assist anyone with anything they needed and it was mostly research, and digital content based, with events being the priority. If I wasn’t event prepping, I was creating content for social media, or the websites. This content included images for the most part, but I was also tasked with creating six videos showcasing services ASA offers. The best weeks were weeks we had an event. Whether it was an annual large scale event, such as The AIDS Walk, Dining Out for Life, or a small event exclusively for priority donors or board members, the event was a blast. I was given a first hand look at members within the community that my work was helping benefit, while also seeing my hard work pay off and come together for a great event. Being a member of the Development team for ASA was an enjoyable experience that taught me about the industry, community, skills, life and myself. I grew exponentially under ASA’s leadership and cherish the memories and relationships fostered. It was the best part of my last year as a Longhorn.

Spring 2013 Site Review

Position: Development Intern
Student: Government/English Senior

The AIDS Services of Austin at located at 7215 Cameron road. The mission of AIDS Services of Austin is to enhance the health and well-being of the community and people affected by HIV and AIDS. They provided numerous services to thousands of central Texans living with HIV and AIDS. Some of the services provided by the AIDS Services of Austin include food and nutrition services, case management, HIV Prevention Outreach, and dental and legal services.

I was a development intern at ASA. Working in development means having to manage the funds of the nonprofit and looking for ways to generate more funds. Some of the fundraisers that ASA has throughout the year include silent auctions like the Viva Las Vegas Silent Auction and Downtown Austin. They also hold Red Ribbon dinners throughout the year. These events are four course dinners with wine pairings where guest pay around 125 dollars to eat at a local Austin restaurant. One of our largest fundraisers is the Austin AIDS walk. This is where most of the funds for ASA and its services come from other than federal funding.

As a development intern it is my job to help in the aid and success of these events. Most of my time is spent organizing and typing emails to our potential donors. I had to overcome my fear of communicating with others over the phone. I felt that I was unable to communicate effectively and would be ridiculed but after some practice I became very well versed in most of the questions that I was asked. Some of the other jobs I have had to undertake are creating and editing mobile websites and having to set up online silent auctions.


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    Austin, Texas 78712-1508
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