Liberal Arts Career Services
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Special Olympics Texas

Spring 2016 

Position: Development Intern
Student: Psychology Senior

Special Olympics is an internationally recognized non-profit organization that serves the community of people with special needs and their families through offering learning, growth, and fun experiences through sports to their athletes. The statewide headquarters for Special Olympics Texas is located in Austin, TX and serves over 52,000 athletes and 30,000 volunteers, making it the second biggest division of Special Olympics behind China. The headquarters consists of several departments: finance, marketing, programs, and development. The development department of SOTX is in charge of merchandise, fundraising, and event planning.

Interning for the development department consisted in a variety of day-to-day tasks, but the overarching project of this internship was planning and executing their December gala auction event. This event started my first semester as an intern and after our success it is anticipated to continue being a major fundraising event for the organization for years to come! Planning this event really centered around donation acquisition: emailing or calling countless companies about the event and the potential to donate to the live/silent auction, collecting donations, organizing them into packages, sending receipts and thank you cards, and running the online auction system. All of these components were aspects of the day-to-day along with occasional work in the merchandise, organizing new items, going to events and helping with sales, or running inventory.

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