From Molly Brusser, Rowan University Senior and Franklin C. Ash Summer Internship Program Intern

When I first applied to be an Ash Intern, I was anxious and eager to find opportunities that would prepare me to enter the public relations field. I wanted an internship that did not require me to sit at a desk all day with minimal contact with my department. I wanted to experience being a team member in a real company and learn from my supervisor and co-workers. According to Ash’s job description, that’s what I signed up for.

Within my first week working at JEVS Human Services, I knew much more was happening. I assisted JEVS’ Communications and Public Affairs Department with meaningful projects from the start, under the watchful eye of Kristen Rantanen. At my initial interview, she believed in me and saw my potential. Kristen gave me a safe and constructive space to learn and grow as a student while sharpening my own personal and academic goals.

In addition to the office, my leadership skills were strengthened thanks to my relationships with my Lasko College Prep Program mentee, Reece Petro. My experiences with Reece were broad; ranging from wandering around Rittenhouse Square to picking up drinks at Starbucks, to participating in the baking of Challah bread, being paired together in an “Amazing Race” competition, and finally speaking together at our internship closing luncheon. Reece and I bonded quickly, and I plan to remain a helpful resource for him as he continues to prepare for college.

I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to work at JEVS and participate as a mentor. The organization has helped me to be more confident and secure in my college major and future aspirations. The Ash Internship is the first role that has allowed me to utilize what I learned in school. It’s my first opportunity that showed me how my work can positively impact others, and that my education will never go to waste.

Visit the photo gallery to see all the fun that Molly, Reece and the interns had at this year’s closing luncheon, view more photos of specific activities as well as note our generous program supporters, or read all about the summer programs in the Jewish Exponent.

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