It’s hard to believe that summer is practically over–at least for students. For the last three months, HOPE International has had 16 summer interns at our office in Lancaster, PA, and around the U.S. Working in departments like marketing, development, the president’s office, and operations, our interns and fellows have been busy! Before their time at HOPE finished, we asked them a few questions.
What is your favorite part about being at HOPE?
Julie Heisey: The responsibility is real. None of us make copies or get coffee all day, though HOPE does a great job of emphasizing that acts of service are important too. We work on real projects and are encouraged to manage our time, ask questions, and create goals that enable us to stay on track.
Kristiana Plumb: The way HOPE integrates Christ into every facet of work life is incredible. Being in a workplace where people encourage and pray for one another is so beautiful and unique. This culture challenges me in ways I didn’t know I could be challenged.
What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned during your internship?
Bailey Holway: I’ve really seen the value of being open-handed with your life and experiences. I’ve learned so much from other staff and interns who have been open and vulnerable with their successes and failures, and it has pushed me closer to Christ. There is strength in admitting weakness.
Arna McArtney: That it’s important to take time to dig into the challenges and opportunities facing HOPE and asking questions like: What does it mean to have impact? How do we maintain a standard of excellence while remaining flexible and open to change?
Carly Weaver: I’ve learned the importance of asking questions and being teachable. There’s a lot to learn about HOPE, microenterprise development, and faith. It’s valuable to come in to an experience with open hands and a teachable spirit, ready to see what the Lord and others can teach you.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you choose, and why?
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
Do you want to spend your summer growing spiritually and professionally through working alongside a globally recognized Christ-centered microenterprise development organization? Learn more about how you can become a part of HOPE’s GROW internship and fellowship program!