By: Ava Sekowski
Photo Credit: Terra Miley
Chloe Grant has been following the mental health non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms since she was in 7th grade. Then, in 2021, she applied for their internship program but did not get accepted. Chloe did not give up, she saw a Linkedin application for the position two days before it was due, applied, and got the job.
Q: So Chloe, tell me about your work with To Write Love on Her Arms.
I am the fundraising and donor development intern with the mental health non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms. I am in charge of getting in contact with our donors if they have any questions. I help set up fundraising pages and reach out to people if their donation doesn’t go through all the way. I'm in charge of canceling donations and thanking all our donors.
Q: Why did you choose To Write Love On Her Arms? What do you like about the company and the work they have you do?
They're a company that practices what they preach. If you are having a bad day, they don’t treat you like crap. They genuinely treat you like a normal human being. They let us have the time to heal because the content we’re working with can be some very hard stuff. It's nice to be able to have a company that is going to support you through your highs, but also through your lows.
Q: How has it been working while also being a full-time college student?
The nice thing is they give me flexible hours so I'm able to work anywhere that I have my laptop. So if it's between one class or another or if I have a break, I can hop online and start doing work there. So it's not like I'm set to such strict hourly boundaries. I have more time to pick and choose my schedule.
Q. How have your MCS classes helped you with your internship and what class has helped you the most?
I think my public relations class had the most effect on me. Since I am in charge of reaching out to donors and thanking them and communicating with them, I think it helped me have a better sense of how to represent my company and the best ways to do it.
Q: What advice would your younger self, or a younger student who is in the process of applying for internships?
I think preparing for rejection is hard, but that's something that you have to recognize as you apply. There are going to be other candidates who may not know as much as you, but then there are going to be other candidates that know more than you. So it's understanding that if you do get rejected, it's not because you are bad, it's because there's someone that might be more prepared for that position and you should apply again. Don't ever stop applying, it's okay to be rejected, to have that setback. And then, once you show that you're still interested, they're going to take you more seriously.
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