This summer, I am interning with Neighborhood Family Practice, a network of community health centers that provides high quality, affordable healthcare to over 18,000 patients on greater Cleveland’s west side. Many of whom are refugees, low-income and or underserved. My role for the summer is a Marketing and Fund Development intern for the fundraising department. There are several special projects that I am working on. One includes planning Neighborhood Family Practice’s annual fundraising event. I am responsible for garnering sponsorships and silent auction items from local businesses to support operating costs for the fundraiser as well as to support the operation of the health centers. I am spearheading social media and email promotion for the fundraiser to yield a greater attendance outcome for the event this year. In addition to this, I am working on a donor research expansion project in which I am collecting personal information about current and prospective donors to foster a stronger relationship with them. This way, the network isn’t just asking for money from these individuals and businesses, but they have an idea of their backgrounds which cultivates genuine conversation and builds stronger relationships. For the later part of my internship, I will be conducting research to identify entities in which Neighborhood Family Practice can submit grants to for funding. Grant proposals are essential for sustainability since the organization is a non profit entity.
I was hired by Neighborhood Family Practice for the summer through the Cleveland Foundation’s summer internship program. The Cleveland Foundation is a charitable organization that supports local businesses in the Cleveland area to promote a healthier Cleveland. The foundation selected twenty three students to be placed at non profit organizations in the area for the summer. Each Wednesday, all of the interns participate in a professional development day in which either one intern or a pair of interns is responsible for planning a morning of events that introduces their respective organizations to the rest of the intern cohort. Therefore, I will be responsible for partnering with another intern and the two of us will be introducing our organizations to the rest of the cohort later this summer.
Thus far, this has been a positive experience for me. I like the fact that I am tasked with relevant duties and that I am not being micromanaged at my workplace. I feel like an actual employee instead of someone’s coffee runner. I also like the fact that I am able to intern for an organization whose mission and values resonate with me. My career objective is to own and operate a community health center that provides high quality, affordable care to the underserved which is the mirror image of what Neighborhood Family Practice does. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work for such an organization. I look forward to updating everyone about my internship experience later this summer!