I am a journalism student. I spend the majority of my time reading, writing, reporting, and just trying to become better at what I do. When I began thinking about what I wanted to do for internships, if we’re being honest, a nonprofit was not in the forefront my mind. However, after an entire semester of working for one, I am so incredibly glad I did. I have learned things about dedication, hard work, and stepping out of your comfort zone here that a for-profit may never be able to teach me. I think that the most beneficial experiences we have are when we are taught to appreciate something bigger than ourselves. It would have been easy to make this internship all about myself. That is what an internship is for anyway, right? That it’s purpose is to serve me; my learning, my resume, my experience, etc. Thankfully, that was not the case.
Although I did learn many things for my own benefit, such as learning how to write as the face of an entire organization, how to meet deadlines, and how to take constructive criticism, the greater thing is I learned more about Humbly I Serve, how nonprofits operate, serving others and ultimately serving God. I learned how to push through those random days that consist of seemingly tedious tasks when, in reality, everything we do its for a bigger cause. Every email sent and every small task counts and that is what makes this internship so worthwhile.
Humbly I Serve is unique in the way that it not only tries to help people through the gift of physical provision (eye glasses, eye clinic, Seaside Adventure Camp, etc.), it reaches people with the love and gospel of Jesus. Giving a pair of glasses to someone who needs them has a temporary, earthly significance. But by providing those glasses, we have the opportunity to bring that person into a relationship with Jesus Christ. At that point, it becomes an eternal significance.
I may not be the person going to Haiti or St. Thomas or directly speaking to someone about Jesus, however, I can write a blog or newsletter that helps send someone else to do that.
No matter what the task, it has eternal value and that is how God uses us to expand His kingdom. I never had to question whether or not my work is making an impact because I know that God uses everything for His glory. In reality, what may seem like ordinary work to others is truly a blessing if I am able to bring glory to God. It is the most beautiful picture painted by the perfect Artist.
These are just a few of the things I have learned by interning at Humbly I Serve and if you are reading this, debating whether to pursue an internship with HIS or not, I would encourage you to try it. Eventually, I will be another intern elsewhere and I will have a career after college, however, I know that this experience will affect my future endeavors, wherever they are. Everything I do will be for God’s glory and there is nothing greater than learning that. I am blessed to have been Humbly I Serve’s writing intern!