Liberal Arts Career Services
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Big Brothers Big Sisters

Spring 2018

Position: Programs Intern
Student: History Freshman

I am a programs intern at Big Brothers Big Sisters located in Austin, Texas. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nonprofit which aims to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-on-one relationships that change their lives for the better. The main job of the programs department is to maintain these relationships between bigs and their littles. There are three sections in this department and I had the opportunity to experience all of them. Everyday was interesting.

The first part interviews potential bigs and littles to see if they are a good fit for the organization.  This is definitely the most interesting part in my opinion, because you get to hear about people’s entire life stories. Then once they’ve been interviewed, customer relations sorts through all their paperwork and finds them a match. It’s extremely tedious to sort through but also exciting when you find a big and little that you know will get along super well. Last, but certainly not least, comes match support. Their job is to maintain the matches once they are made. They call both sides of the matches every few weeks and make sure their doing well as well as planning events for them to participate in. It’s always special to see matches grow and prosper. 

During a typical day, I start off with working on the calendar. This is a list of events over the course of two weeks which gets sent out to all the matches that they may be interested in attending. I then will either do reference calls for potential bigs. This usually consists of talking to the volunteers friends, employers, or partners about them which is always interesting. Then I’ll usually finish off my day working on facebook posts in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteer group in order to keep them engaged. Other days, I get to input paperwork into excel or work on campaigns to increase awareness of the organization with the marketing team.

 


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