My name is Mariam Almaimani. I started my internship with Waypoint on May 11 in the Resource Development & Marketing (RDM) department. I will now be entering my last semester at the University of Northern Iowa. I am a Psychology major with a minor in Mental Health and Family Studies. A lot of what I learn in my classes is what led me to interning at Waypoint! I wanted to be able to apply my knowledge of psychology to real life experiences. I knew that Waypoint would allow me to do this by giving me some hands-on experiences. I realized that I could do more than just complain about the unjust systems our country runs on and do something to help the people affected by this.
As I am in my last semester of college, I was looking for an internship to gain more experience. I had previously learned about Waypoint from a volunteer who came to my university and gave a guest lecture in one of my classes. They explained to us about Waypoint’s mission of moving people forward and what services they provided. In my search for an internship, I was reminded of their lecture and decided to apply for an internship position at Waypoint. I was so excited when I was notified that I had gotten the position after doing an interview.
I was very nervous when I first started at Waypoint as I had a lot to learn, but the staff were very kind and understanding and helped me with all my questions and concerns. This made my internship experience very enjoyable! I got to work on a variety of tasks such as designing graphic, organizing marketing materials, and researching funding opportunities. This provided me with the chance to develop a wide range of skills. I also got the chance to work at the front desk and learn about the general operations at Waypoint. During my time at Waypoint, I got to meet many amazing staff members who all play a vital role in helping Waypoint run smoothly. I got to learn about their jobs and what it all entails to run a nonprofit.
Waypoint gave me the experience in understanding how the nonprofit world works. Now I will be able to apply this knowledge in any future jobs I will have. I would not have been able to grow as a person without Waypoint and their staff helping me learn. Now that I am returning to campus and will begin classes, I will greatly miss all the staff at Waypoint. Waypoint helped me have an enjoyable summer full of new experiences and learning opportunities!
The national initiative created by Points of Light is described Service Enterprise as a program that “strengthens the capacity of nonprofits to fundamentally leverage volunteers and their skills to address community needs,” which is exactly what Waypoint needed to take the volunteer program to the next level.
My name is Kailey Blunk, and I spent the summer working with Waypoint as a Resource Development & Marketing Intern. As I prepared for my senior year at Coe College as a public relations and communications double-major with minors in gender studies and creative writing, I knew I wanted to spend time completing an internship that was focused in marketing.