Majors: Spanish & Public Health
Class of 2020
Can you tell me about the non-profit you worked with over the summer, what kind of work you were doing, and what motivated you to want to do this?
I worked at a nonprofit in Madrid, Spain called the Fundación Aladina (The Aladina Foundation). The organization provides psychological, emotional, and material assistance for kids with cancer and work to make sure that kids with cancer never lose their smiles. There, I worked as a marketing and communications intern and learned how to edit websites with WordPress and perfected my Spanish-English translation abilities. As a Public Health and Spanish double major, I loved that the nonprofit I was working at gave me experience in a healthcare system separate from my own. Spain has universal healthcare, which made it interesting to see how much nonprofits can improve the quality of life for children with cancer and families who aren't worrying about medical bills like they would here.
This internship was a part of Fisher's Summer Global Internship Program, which sends interns all over the world to work in different countries. I am not a business major and came into the program knowing nobody, making me feel a little out of place. By the end of the program, I had made some incredible friends who I got the chance to travel all over Spain with. I was worried that I wouldn't have the background skills and knowledge for my marketing and communications internship, not being a business major, but Aladina taught me everything that I needed to know to succeed– I now know how to edit and design websites on WordPress! For any non-business majors out there, I HIGHLY recommend this program; don't be intimidated by the fact that it is with the Business School. You will make so many new friends with unique skills and different majors from your own!