I have been procrastinating writing this post for a long time as I knew once it was written, it symbolized not only the end of my internship, but the end of one of the most amazing learning opportunities and group of coworkers that I could have ever experienced. I couldn’t have asked for a better summer at Dream On 3 and I want to thank Elizabeth, Brandon, Danielle, Amanda, and April so much for not only contributing to my growth as an individual, but also making this summer full of laughs, hard work, and love. With that being said, here goes my final intern blog…..
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved participating in and watching sports. From playing volleyball in high school, dancing since the age of 3, and watching my brother’s baseball career throughout college, you can probably tell my family’s world revolved around athletics. When I began college at Elon University, I wasn’t sure the career path I would pursue. I quickly started to seriously consider what I was passionate about and what seemed to be a natural fit for my personality. The answer was simple….sports and helping children. This not only contributed to my decision to pursue a major in Sport Management, but also guided my search for the “perfect” internship.
One Sunday after church Adam Cook, a former board member for Dream On 3, asked about my major and suggested Dream On 3 could be a potential fit for me. Next thing you know, I am interviewing at Starbucks with Brandon Lindsay the CEO. Brandon likes to joke that I was the one interviewing him because I asked so many questions, but I was genuinely intrigued by this company that seemed to stand for all the things that I genuinely cared for! Before I returned to Elon for my sophomore year, I accepted the internship for the summer.
I can’t even begin to describe everything that I have been a part of this summer. I learned how to develop and manage a social media strategy for the organization while researching and planning outstanding, extraordinary, Dream Experiences for our Dream Kids! A little more out of my comfort zone learning was making phone calls and asking for in-kind donations., but important for a not for profit organization. I was privileged to participate in Jr. Dream team meetings with school partners, meetings with corporate sponsors and those with future potential partners. It goes without saying though that my meetings with the kids during their Day Dream Experiences, and developing relationships with our very special and deserving Dream Kids and their families was my favorite! This was definitely not an internship of stuffing envelopes, making copies, and getting coffee for the employees (although they asked me to do that too)! Each day was was a new experience and I enjoyed the variety as plans could change in an instance. This anticipation and unpredictability always made me excited to come into work!
Each team member at Dream On 3 has invested so much of themselves in me which led me to be my best self. They have pushed me outside my comfort zone and encouraged me to do things that I would have never done by myself. Most importantly, my relationships with the team went much beyond the office. We embraced each other’s families , shared our ups and downs, enjoyed talking about our weekend plans and always supported each other through struggles.
I have truly found my second family this summer (and consider myself Brandon and Elizabeth’s third daughter). I am so thankful for this opportunity and will miss the Dream On 3 Family so very much. I can be confident, however that these relationships won’t fade as I know my car will easily find the way back to Hudspeth Road.
Summer 2017 Intern