Interning at the Red Cross

By Valerie Moses

At the American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region, there is never a dull moment. When disaster strikes, staff and volunteers must be prepared to provide relief and support to the affected families, and so no two days are ever the same. As one of the organization’s spring interns, I have not only learned how to adapt to change, but I have also been able to do what I love for a cause I believe in.

A sophomore at UCF with a major in Advertising/Public Relations, I wanted my first internship to take place at a non-profit organization, but I never envisioned myself playing such an integral role so early on. However, since I began interning at the Mid-Florida Region in January, I have written radio PSAs, press releases, articles and various other materials, as well as information about the relief efforts for the earthquake in Japan. Our work in disasters like this, both large and small scale, reminds me of how necessary this organization is. Although it was originally founded in the United States more than 100 years ago, its presence in the community still stands strong, and I am proud to be a part of that.

Becoming an intern at the Red Cross is the best decision I made this semester. Being able to write something that may encourage people to consider our mission or donate to our cause is an amazing feeling, and I love having the opportunity to help turn heartbreak into hope.

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