Guest Writer: Sarah Reed, Komen Missouri Communications and Marketing Intern
My name is Sarah Reed and I am the summer Communications and Marketing Intern at Komen Missouri. In the fall, I will be a senior at Mizzou. I am in the Journalism program emphasizing in Strategic Communication with an interest in Public Relations. I am originally from right outside St. Louis in O’Fallon, MO. I am an active Delta Delta Delta member and American Advertising Federation member, and I also am very active in Mizzou Alternative Breaks. Through these organizations I strive to continue improving my leadership abilities, enhancing my learning opportunities, and giving back to the community and other philanthropies.
As for a career path, I am currently exploring the non-profit route due to many experiences through my collegiate organizations. Tri Delta’s national philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is one of the main reasons why I chose to be a Tri Delta three years ago. Working with my sisters towards the goal of saving children’s lives has been one of the highlights of my college career. Also, this past spring break, I had the opportunity to travel to Kissimmee, FL with a group of 11 other students to volunteer at Give Kids the World and New Hope For Kids. This experience was truly life changing. You can check out the work we did along with other groups who volunteered across the nation at our blog: http://muasb.blogspot.com/. I am also leading a weekend trip in the spring with another student.
I discovered this internship with Komen Missouri through a guest speaker at one of my AAF meetings. I was interested in what he did at his internal relations job at a local hospital. After meeting with him, he referred me to Janet at Komen Missouri. I knew of Susan G. Komen through the Race for the Cure in St. Louis and other events they have done in the past. I did some research on Komen Missouri and really connected with their mission. Whether it be a family member or friend or friend of a friend, I believe that everyone is affected by some sort of cancer. I was really inspired Komen’s amazing dedication to finding the cure to breast cancer. Komen Missouri offers many opportunities to receive help for people who at most risk and really need the help.
My expectations for this internship were pretty broad. I knew it was a small staff with a lot of important things to accomplish, so I figured I would be doing a little bit of everything to help out the staff as much as possible. I was right! Because my internship started after school ended in late May, I was thrown into a very busy time of the year for Komen Missouri. Dine Out for the Cure and the Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure were weeks away, so it was pretty hectic around the office to say the least. I got a little taste of everything and learned a lot about the organization nationally and locally right off the bat. I even participated in one of the phone banks at KSDK promoting the Race for the Cure on my second day on the job.
Although it was a crazy time here at Komen Missouri, I have thoroughly enjoyed every day at the office. The staff here is constantly encouraging each other and staying positive. They are also always willing to help each other out even if it’s technically not their specific job. Everyone here has different personalities and different backgrounds; however, they all come together to work towards the one mission of ending breast cancer forever. This team of amazing women have welcomed me with open arms and have made this internship thus far a great, helpful and hands-on learning experience that I know will help me further my education and career goals.
I can’t wait for what new learning experiences and tasks come next!