I am a senior at UC Davis and as all college students know, your college e-mail is a never ending flood of announcements from guidance counselors and major advisors attaching flyers for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities. When the e-mail app on your iPhone constantly reminds you that you have over 9,000 unread messages it’s easy to blame your counselor for blowing up your phone, but believe it or not there could be something special in there that changes your life.
So here’s my first piece of advice: start paying attention to these e-mails! When I read the announcement that Make-A-Wish®Northeastern California and Northern Nevada was looking for summer interns, I started reading further and before I knew it I was rushing home to start my application. After sending in a resume, application, and writing samples, I was asked to come to the Wishing Place in Sacramento for an interview.
When I walked into the Wishing Place my interview nerves escaped me. And this is not me bragging about keeping my cool, this is how gratitude works when you see something truly amazing. To be able to forget about your personal goals and to just crave being a part of something as special as granting wishes for local children and giving them strength as they battle their conditions is what makes this place so special. Walking under the ceiling full of bright blue stars and seeing the magical room where the kids brainstorm their wishes is a precursor to the overwhelming, joyous feeling of walking up to the wish tower and knowing that this is where kids send off their -wishes into the hands of the wish fairies.
I can honestly say it’s a dream come true to work with the people who make wishes come to life for so many children in our community. Working under the marketing and communications team, I’ve watched challenging work turn into fulfilling and life-changing experiences for many children. Witnessing the hard work and dedication that goes into each child’s wish, and then coming back to the office after the completion of the wish and seeing pure joy absolutely radiate from everyone as they exchange stories about their favorite moments is extraordinary.
This brings me to my next bit of advice: do yourself a favor and volunteer or intern in a place where people love what they do. Shadow and work with people who come to the office happy and ready every morning. Privileged to be able to come here once a week and be a part of such a special work environment, I know what a successful and rewarding group of people looks like and I will not settle for anything less in my own career path down the road.
I am grateful to have the chance to continue my internship, and I strongly urge students of all majors to check out the many internship opportunities Make-A-Wish has to offer: http://necannv.wish.org/about-us/employment-and-internships/employment-and-internships