Today was my final day as a creative services intern at Make-A-Wish. My summer as an intern has been a truly worthwhile experience. I was pleasantly shocked by the amount of work I was able to produce, the level of trust and independence I was given and the connections I made. There were no obligatory coffee runs (although I was treated to coffee more than a few times) or meaningless filing in this internship. For 10 weeks, I drafted wish stories, wrote for the organization’s blog, edited promotional/commercial material and designed other collateral. Amazingly, I was using my education and passions every day at a non profit organization that I deeply believe in. Not only does Make-A-Wish perform important work in the world, but the environment I found at the national office was really something. I loved being a part of it. And (dramatic pause) I’m so happy to be returning in the fall as a marketing intern.
This week has been all meetings and parties and gifts and food. We took this ridiculous photo to give to our intern coordinator and got some sweet paper plate awards. Mine were most creative thinker, most unique and best dressed – basically all I’ve ever wanted to be.
On Tuesday, we celebrated with an intern dinner at Pizzeria Bianco. This Biltmore/Arcadia location is too lovely – I just want to move my bed in and live there. And the pizza. I ordered the rosa, an insane combination of parmesan, pistachios, red onion and rosemary. Pizza + kind people + chandeliers + beautiful, earth-tone paintings.
I’m sad to see this internship session come to an end, and I’ll surely miss some of the faces I got to know this summer, but I’m excited to be returning. (I’m also excited to have a little break from work. My trip to Portland will be a perfect little palate cleanser before I dive into the unknown world of marketing.)