My life is forever changed & my heart is full thanks to Ronald McDonald House Houston! This internship was a lot of work but it was all worth it. Although this was an unpaid internship, I learned more about the industry and myself than I ever could’ve asked for. The network I created for myself in Houston will be beneficial when I am looking for a full time job in a few months. The staff is a part of my network, but also the volunteers and vendors I have created relationships with. I have learned how to use Raiser’s Edge, which is the most common donor database for non-profits. Aside from helping the Special Events Coordinator with planning, I was given the independence to plan my own in-house event. This was not a part of the job description, but my supervisor knew it would benefit me. It’s the little things like this that make RMH Houston so amazing!
I also learned more about Ronald McDonald House organization and see firsthand who it is helping. I shadowed Family Room Managers at MD Anderson, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Memorial Hermann to see how RMH helps those in the hospitals. I’ve also gained some experience with HR through participating in interviews for a Grant Writer position. When new volunteer groups came to the House, I was able to host tours around the facility, and I felt truly valued. I learned every aspect of this organization by sitting down to talk with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Volunteer Services, and the Chief Advancement Officer. Even though my internship is complete, I will still leave a part of me here, and I cannot wait to help in any way I can in the future!