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An Internship That’s More Like Family

April 12, 2016|Posted in: DC Life

Lianna Bright is a freshman from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is a CLEG major with an education minor. Lianna began interning at the Cooperative for Action and Relief Everywhere in January of 2016.

I think everyone has a mental checklist—that list of things you want to be able to say, “I did that.” In my freshman year at American, interning was at the top of my list. At the end of the fall semester, I scoped out the Student Job Portal and saw a posting for the Cooperative for Action and Relief Everywhere, CARE. I sent in my resume and cover letter and hoped for the best. Just before heading back to Pennsylvania for winter break, I received an email inviting me to join the CARE team in DC; my bucket list item quickly transformed into an amazing experience.

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. I currently intern under the Advocacy Department, which works to communicate with educators about issues critical to the fight against global poverty. I spent most of my winter break learning about CARE’s most recent work, as well as refreshing my memory on the finer points of Outlook and Excel, and the other tools essential to being an amazing intern. When my first day arrived, I was excited and nervous. Though I’m still excited every time I head downtown to L Street and settle into my cubicle for the day, I’m no longer nervous.

Lianna is interning at CARE during her second semester at AU.

Lianna is interning at CARE during her second semester at AU.

On my first day, I couldn’t find my supervisor when I got to the office. What a cliché, the intern got lost. The first person I ran into didn’t even wait for me to say anything, they immediately reached to shake my hand, called me by name, and directed me over to Intern Row (yes, the interns have their own little hallway, its actually quite adorable). I was so surprised that she knew who I was and so thankful that she was willing to help me. My winter break prep didn’t teach me everything, but the CARE team makes up for that. The AU Alumni in the office are probably what has made my time at CARE so incredible. The occasional “Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle” heard in the office truly represents the American University family. So many of the CARE staff were AU undergrads, and interned at CARE just like I do now. AU welcomed me to campus during the first days of my freshman year, and AU continues to welcome me everywhere I go. I am so happy to be a part of this community that extends far past 4400 Massachusetts Ave. I’ll surely miss my cubicle, and fellow Eagles at CARE, when this semester ends.

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