AmeriCorps Internship!


AmeriCorps Internship!

Experience Information

Employer: Bethany Christian Services
Job Title: Volunteer and Donation Specialist
Major: Criminal Justice
Received Credit: Yes
Paid: Yes
Abroad: No

Description of the Organization

I work at Bethany Christian Services, which is a global agency that does work in many family related services. I specifically work in refugee services in the Grand Rapids branch. I work on the refugee resettlement team primarily, which works with all families who have been resettled to the Grand Rapids area in their first 90 days.

Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed

My primary task in volunteer services is to provide additional support to all programs and clients. I work with community partners, individual donors/volunteers and case managers to secure services and material goods for clients. I also do other community engagement tasks, such as grant writing and event planning.

Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience

I gained a lot of grant writing skills and increased my cultural competency a lot. I learned how to navigate language barriers and work with an extremely diverse group of people. Professional development was another huge aspect of my role. I was able to create a lot of connections within the community and bolster my resume.

Favorite Part of the Experience

My favorite part of this internship was the Christmas program. My supervisor and I coordinated the entire program, working with hundreds of clients and donors. On one of the last days of the program, I got to drive around and deliver gifts to multiple families. It was so awesome to see all of my hard work pay off and the impact of what I am doing in person.

How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals

This experience made me realize how important it is for me to work in a diverse environment and to be out in the community. While my role is not exactly what I would like to pursue career wise, there were several aspects of it that I would like to implement in my future career.

Internship Format

Hybrid (some in person and some remote)

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