25 11 / 2013
Interested in touring the country with professional and college sports teams? Megan Ballard, a recent graduate of UC, had the opportunity to intern with the Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals, and the University of Kentucky basketball team this past semester! Megan’s internship through AIP was with ProCamps Worldwide, a program that has been operating youth sports camps for professional athletes in the NBA, NFL, PGA, MLB and many more! For the past 15 years ProCamps has hosted tens of thousands of children including the disadvantaged youth from each community.
Megan filled the role as ProCamps Worldwide’s Marketing Intern in which she worked on various tasks. In addition to managing the social media sites, Megan completed preliminary market research in order to contact local youth sports organizations that may be interested in the camps. Along with engaging in the pre-planning aspect of each camp, Megan contributed to the facilitation of the three camps that she attended throughout the duration of her internship. The first camp Megan attended was the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience camp, in which she had a big role in hosting a lunch and dinner, and providing hotel rooms for their clients. Megan was also heavily involved with the coordination of two other camps given by Cincinnati Reds player Jay Bruce, and Cincinnati Bengals player AJ Green.
ProCamps Worldwide’s influential role on the disadvantaged youth of each community instills a great confidence in every aspect of a child’s life. Without a doubt Megan’s positive energy was a huge asset to ProCamps Worldwide’s goal of making the world a little brighter for these specific children. Since her graduation this past August, Megan has used the professional experience that she gained to help her land a job working in Pharmaceutical Sales. Congratulations on all that you have accomplished, Megan!
12 11 / 2013
This week we have chosen to highlight the work of Zak Geier, a senior Criminal Justice major at UC. Zak’s passion to help others has led him to intern at a non-profit organization called The Dragonfly Foundation. This foundation provides “comfort and joy” to kids and young adults with cancer and blood diseases that require chemotherapy, radiation and/or bone marrow transplants. The Dragonfly Foundation supports patients and their families from the date of their diagnosis until they are five years free of disease. Zak has fulfilled the role of the Patient and Family Relations Manager, and has received both professional experience as well as life worthy lessons from this incredible organization.
Zak explains that his days are full of many surprises and changes week by week since his main responsibility is dealing and interacting with patient and family related items. Every week Zak talks to the Dragonfly Foundation’s families and patients, as he is in charge of calling to check up and see how they are doing. Zak provides these families with items that they need and delivers these gifts to Children’s Hospital. He not only registers new families into their system, but also gets the opportunity to sign families up for their fun-filled events such as their Fall Fest that just occurred in October! Zak also oversees inventory to make sure they have everything they need for their care packages that they give to newly diagnosed families. He returns emails and calls on a daily basis and helps monitor their family Facebook page. Lastly, Zak is in charge of managing their volunteers when they come to work for the foundation.
Zak has been heavily involved with the planning of each Dragonfly Foundation event during his time with the organization. Some of these events have included; The 2013 Annual Family and Patient Picnic, Family Day at Kings Island, Nerf Wars at The Landing, Superhero Day, and their Fall Fest event. Organizing these events and seeing the smiles on so many faces, has led Zak to receive lessons about life that he will always remember. “My favorite part about this internship is being able to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults going through a difficult time. Through this experience, I was able to gain a better appreciation for my life, and working for The Dragonfly Foundation really put things in perspective for me. I love the people I work with, as we all work towards the same goal every day, which is to provide comfort and joy to our patients. I cannot help but be proud of my progression in the foundation, from an intern to a full time salary employee. My job gives me plenty of variety and that makes me truly enjoy going into work every day.”
After graduation, Zak has decided that he wants to stay with the Dragonfly Foundation to continue touching the lives of so many patients and their families. We admire his amazing character, passion, and admiration to live his life by satisfying the needs of people who are undergoing rough times in their lives. We wish you the best of luck, Zak!
Fun Fact: Why a Dragonfly? The dragonfly exemplifies the virtues of living life to the fullest by being a symbol of strength, survival and victory.
30 10 / 2013
This past spring semester, Amara Agomuo, a 4th year Political Science and Pre-Law major, chose to invest in her career by applying to The Washington Center’s internship program. Being the dedicated and devoted person that she is, Amara decided to enter into the Washington Center’s competitive internship search component. When students enter into this search mode, they are in the running to be accepted to intern at larger corporations other than non-profits, such as broadcasting studios. With this being said, Amara was able to land an awesome internship working at NBC Universal as their Politics & Foreign Affairs intern!
Through her internship, Amara’s daily tasks consisted of researching stories and leads, through engaging with people via telephone, and investigating stories through web based news sources. Amara also prepared research materials for correspondents and producers that came from various media outlets. She was in charge of screening and logging videos, as well as transcribing interviews and observing and assisting editing of NBC News and Nightly News reports for the broadcast segment online. Amara was required to attend and observe editorial planning meetings and conference call meetings, in addition to having the opportunity to go on site to the Capitol and State Department for various events!
Whereas Amara’s internship was definitely a prominent and professionally beneficial element during her time in DC, Amara stated that some of the events she attended also served as very memorable experiences for her. While attending the White House Presidential Scholarship Luncheon, she had the pleasure of meeting Conan O’Brien, as well as some other famous faces. At another event Amara attended, she was introduced to Djimon Hounsou from the movies Blood Diamond & Never Back Down!
After graduation, Amara plans to go back to DC to continue broadcast journalism. She also hopes to pursue a career in reporting international news overseas in London! With Amara’s large aspirations, as well as her driven and go-getter personality, we know that life will lead her to a very prosperous and successful career path!