Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

ALS Association of Texas

Fall 2016 

Position: Brand Development Intern
Student: Economics Senior

In my experience as a Development Intern for the ALS Association of Texas was a very rewarding experience. I gained many skills to build my resume and professional workplace experience which has made myself more employable. Despite the experience being very rewarding professionally the biggest takeaway I felt was the joy from seeing the direct benefit I provided to families in the community who have been affected by ALS.

My internship was essentially broken down into 3 different time periods. The first third of the semester my day in the office was focused on applying for grants from various organizations and reaching out to companies who may be interested in purchasing a sponsorship for the ALS Walk. The second third was focused on contacting vendors who would want to come to the ALS Walk, organizing all details which go along with the event, and equipping families in the area to be able to fundraise. The final third of my semester has consisted of data entry from the event and thanking families who raised money along with the sponsors.

The time commitment definitely increased of the weeks coming up to the ALS Walk. From meeting with vendors to go over details outside of my normal work hours to spending the entire day of the event from 7am-6pm working non-stop making sure the event ran smoothly in every regard. The weeks following the ALS walk have been more relaxed and flexible with my time, which has been nice as I have been able to set aside more time for my job search.

Throughout the entire internship I have had the ability to do my work independently and take ownership of my work with some guidance. This internship given me an insight to the non-profit sector and I would recommend an internship with the ALS Association to anyone who is even remotely interested. It has been an experience which will help shape my professional future.

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