August 18, 2015: We will miss our 2015 summer interns!
As the summer of 2015 draws to a close, the office says goodbye to three interns who have made the summer brighter and more pleasant with their presence. We would like to thank them for their hard work over the last few months and wish them nothing but good fortune and success as they return to college and travel the world.
Rachel is a Pittsburgh native, who came in to assist us with the ReStore and Habitat’s social media. While the ReStore is in transition, Rachel worked from the office. She will begin her senior year at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA with a major in business administration. Her first semester, however, will be spent studying abroad in Nantes, France, which she is excited and nervous about.
Rachel decided to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for many reasons, most notably to learn more about the organization. She wanted to learn about the inner workings of nonprofits, gain more experience in an office setting, and also to see if perhaps this was a career path for her after graduation. After graduation in the spring, Rachel is unsure of what she wants to do. She plans to move back to Pittsburgh, with no immediate plans for grad school. Rachel is going to miss the people in the office most of all, and the camaraderie that comes from such a small, close-knit group. Our thanks and support go out to Rachel as she moves forward and begins a new chapter in her life.
Jordan is a Pittsburgh native, who came in to assist us with Event Planning and Development. He will begin his senior year at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating with a double major in political science and economics in the spring of 2016.
Jordan has always had an interest in Habitat for Humanity, and volunteered with his uncle in Connecticut. He was particularly interested in the housing program and the Kids Triathlon. He was heavily involved with the South Park and North Park Triathlons this summer, with the South Park Kids Triathlon standing out as his favorite memory from his time as an intern. He was particularly excited about this event because it raised money to support local housing projects and families. Jordan is very interested in sports, and the triathlon was a great way for him to see his love of sports and the generosity of the community to help Habitat combined into one. Jordan is going to miss the people he met at Habitat most of all, and their passion and respect for the organization. Our thanks and support go out to Jordan as he finishes up his internship and returns for his last year of college.
Sarah is a Pittsburgh native, who acted as the Family Services Intern during her summer with us. Her role was to communicate with community members interested in Habitat’s housing programs and to explain the programs to them.Sarah will be entering her senior year at Carlow University, where she is studying Corporate Communications. After graduating in the spring, She hopes to have a job lined up, or perhaps go for a master’s degree. Nothing is set in stone for her yet, but we know her future will be exciting!
Sarah had a hard time picking a favorite moment from her time as an intern. Participating in outreach meetings, going to the Willett Rd. build site in Brentwood, and helping with the North Park Kids Triathlon all stood out as important events for her over the summer. The people in the office and the environment they created are what Sarah is going to miss most about her time with Habitat. When she joined the organization at the beginning of the summer, she wanted to gain more experience with nonprofits, specifically in the in Pittsburgh area. She loves Pittsburgh, and wanted to give back to the city. We would like to thank Sarah for her time and effort this summer and wish her luck in her final year of university and whatever comes after.