When I started interning at Infant Crisis Services a few weeks ago I was expecting to be given certain tasks. Being the intern at a nonprofit you know things like stuffing envelopes, donor databases and media clippings will be sent your way. But, here I get to do so much more. I get to play with babies at work.
My first week here I shadowed a volunteer as she was assisting a client. The next time I went out to help the volunteers I was sent out on my own to help a client myself. I have to admit I was kind of nervous. One of the thoughts running across my mind was, “What if this mother can tell I haven’t done this before!”Luckily the nerves didn’t show through, I don’t think. It was really incredible speaking with the mom as she held her three-month-old little girl. She was a beautiful baby. I couldn’t help feeling so lucky that I have been given this opportunity to influence the lives of clients who walk through our doors in some way. Holding babies, playing games with toddlers and changing diapers is such a wonderful part of my job.
Some days it takes some motivation to wake up early (7 a.m. is early for a college student), but when it means helping our clients, getting out of bed is made significantly easier. I know that when I am at Infant Crisis Services if I ever get frustrated with an excel sheet that won’t cooperate, or any other menial problem in my life, I can go out with the volunteers and be reminded of why it all happens. Feeding and diapering babies and toddlers who need our help. What an incredible internship to have.
Posted on Mon, September 24, 2012
by Erin Johnson