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“I really enjoyed my time as a volunteer intern with the VRC. I was able to learn more about the different programs the VRC has, and was able to help at different events such as the Buffalo Can Challenge and Eye Contact. My mentor was great in helping better understand the VRC and gave me tasks in which I could complete by adding my own creativity and ideas. I was able to connect with others that shared similar interests as me and who were also passionate about volunteering and the community. Overall it was a great experience and also opened the door to become a staff member the following year. The Volunteer Internship Program is an excellent program for students who want to be an active member in the CU and broader community.” Charlotte Thompson, Volunteer Intern 2011-2012
VIPs will feel connected to a broader CU community of engaged citizens and will develop civic awareness and practice engaged citizenship. The First-Year Internship is a year-long commitment. Students will complete approximately 2-3 hours per week with the VRC and 2-3 hours per week with the community organization of their choice.
To create educational learning experiences for students, and promote a society of active citizens who value the community as a top priority. The AB interns will work with Alternative Break site leaders, AB coordinators, and VRC Assistant Director to ensure successful promotion of trips and retention of participants. Interns will attend VRC events and will help with promotion of such events, volunteer fairs events, and other service day projects. Interns will promote partnerships with student groups, cost centers, and other on-campus services.
"Being able to mentor someone who is passionate about volunteering and interested in what the VRC does is quite a rewarding experience. It really forced me to be better at my job and be an expert of the office so that I could allow my intern to learn and develop ideas of her own. The most exciting part of being a mentor is seeing your intern take initiative, contribute ideas, and really begin to feel comfortable with what the VRC does. For me, it was great to form both a professional work relationship and friendship in the process. What’s great about our Volunteer Internship Program is that there’s the potential to become a staff member in the future, and it’s great to see the growth that I was able to be a part of as a mentor." Megan Barrie, Volunteer Intern Mentor 2011-2012