I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to intern for Becky’s Fund this summer, it has been an amazing and educational experience that I will always carry with me. I never thought coming in that I would have the opportunity to gain as much experience and knowledge as I did. I learned so much about not only dating and domestic violence, but also about the inner workings of running a successful nonprofit organization. Being a nonprofit major, I had studied program implementation, fundraising, and grant writing, but to be able to actually put all that knowledge into practice was very humbling and educational. I was able to gain professional experience and better understand my strengths and weaknesses in a professional work environment. My time at Becky’s Fund helped me to develop not only my personal skills but also my future plans.
Because my work at Becky’s Fund was so multifaceted, I was able to get practice and professional experience in almost every area of nonprofit work. I experienced all of the hard work that goes into planning and organizing events, implementing programs, and the tireless work of grant writing. Having never had formal experience working for a nonprofit like Becky’s Fund, coming in I thought that I would be doing simple tasks to help around the office. That was not the case and I was able to gain more professional experience than I ever thought.
Becky’s Fund also opened my eyes to the world of dating and domestic violence. I have studied many women’s issues and I knew the basics of dating and domestic abuse, but after working at Becky’s Fund I see that this is an issue that needs a lot of attention. Seeing the different issues behind domestic violence and speaking with survivors gave me motivation to work hard to stop all violence against women, in the United States and around the world.
Although my time at Becky’s Fund is coming to an end, the one thing I will never forget is the amazing and inspiring women I was able to meet and work with this summer. In our culture, you don’t always see smart, successful women who are also beautiful and kind, this summer I was able to work with four women with all of those characteristics. All of my coworkers and my boss Becky Lee are amazing leaders who defy the typical stereotypes placed on women. I am so grateful for my time this summer as a Becky’s Fund intern and I will take everything I have learned and use it in all my future ventures.