The business program at my school requires an internship at some point while attending the university. I was sure I wanted to intern with a nonprofit organization, and I knew I wanted an opportunity to work for an organization that I could add value to. Make-A-Wish was one of the first nonprofits I thought of and it seemed like the perfect fit. I remember immediately going on Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada’s website, quickly searching around for possible internship opportunities. I was very pleased to find summer internships in different departments of the Southern Nevada Chapter. After applying and taking part in an interview, I was extremely thankful and excited to have secured the Program Services Internship position.
Over the next couple of weeks, I was both nervous and excited to start the internship. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, and because of my brother’s college graduation, I missed the intern orientation day. Now I really didn’t know what to expect for my first day! I arrived around 8:45am, fifteen minutes before my shift was supposed to start. I was playing the scenario in my head, chuckling at what the person behind the front desk would think of me as I walk in saying “Hi. I’m the intern, but I don’t know what to do or where to go…” I grabbed my little lunch box, hesitantly stepped out of my car into a surprisingly cool Vegas morning, and walked in. In the end, I walked in to an office full of sincere smiles and to a wonderful surprise. A Wish Kid was in the office! My supervisor told me how special this was. Her contagious smile lit up the whole room, and immediately put a smile on my face. The room was full of energy, her joy and enthusiasm for life so apparent. I didn’t know it at the time, but I later learned this particular Wish Kid was somewhat of a Wish Kid celebrity! (Check out her video here). She involved me in her activities right away, and for the next 30 minutes we played with her toys and got dizzy playing musical chairs (she’s so fast that she won every time!)
After such a welcoming, I had a deep feeling that I had made the right choice in pursuing an internship with Make-A-Wish. As I’m writing this a couple of weeks later, I know that I made the right choice. I have been able to see first-hand the work that Make-A-Wish does to provide hope, strength and joy not only in the lives of children, but also to the Las Vegas valley and the nation as a whole.