My Sharsheret Summer Internship
Sharsheret has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My elementary and middle school hosted Pink Shabbats every October, my high school had Breast Cancer Awareness Days every year, and now, in college, Sharsheret is my sorority’s national philanthropy. To say I am no stranger to Sharsheret is an understatement, but even with all of my exposure to these events, I never truly understood the purpose behind Sharsheret as an organization until my summer internship.
When my grandmother, who is a breast cancer survivor, told me about Sharsheret’s summer internship, I was ecstatic to learn of such an amazing opportunity available to me in my hometown. Of course, I was even more ecstatic when I found out I had gotten the internship. I was extremely nervous my first day because I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I have had jobs in the past, but never anything that entailed working in an office with an organization that has meant so much to me. However, as soon as I walked in, I no longer felt nervous because of how welcomed I felt by everyone in the office. From the beginning, I was received with smiling faces and enthusiastic greetings, something that made my time at Sharsheret that much more memorable. Right from my first day in the office I knew I was going to really enjoy every day I spent with Sharsheret, and now as my internship comes to an end, I can confidently say that my feelings from the first day proved true.
I had the opportunity to do so much in such a short amount of time and I am eternally grateful for this amazing experience. I spent my summer working on outreach to synagogues, college campuses, and Jewish organizations across the state of Florida. Knowing that my work will help create relationships between Sharsheret and other Jewish communities means so much to me, as this organization has always been so close to my heart. Being able to say that I helped make a change in the lives of others is something I have always wanted and hoped to say, and because of Sharsheret, now I can.