In the fall semester of my senior year, I withdrew from college. Instead of taking classes, I worked full-time for five months at Samaritan’s Purse as a community relations intern for Operation Christmas Child, which is headquartered in Boone.
It was the greatest internship ever.
I didn’t need the credit hours, so I was able to make money and avoid going into deeper student loan debt. I got a better education by jumping in the field than I ever did in the classroom, and learned so much about public relations and non-profit organizations. I made some amazing friends, and was given (looking back) an ABSURD amount of responsibility. I led five other interns across the country via email and phone calls, working together to publicize the shoebox drive in the fall. They flew me (by myself) to Denver to help in one of their processing plants to pull off an event.
I am so grateful to those who allowed me the opportunity to grow in this internship. What a rewarding experience.