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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

LIVESTRONG

Spring 2014 Site Review

Position: Prospect and Research Management Intern

The Livestrong Foundation relies heavily on interns for its subsistence. For that reason, interns take a primary role in the organization’s operations. Since all interns are assigned to different managers and departments, responsibilities, schedule, and daily routine will be different for each intern. As a Prospect and Research Management Intern, these were my responsibilities.

A typical day starts with letting your supervisor know that you are there. For me, this required checking in through e-mail, but I know others had to physically go see their supervisor and ask them for projects. After checking in, I checked for e-mails from my supervisor and started completing projects. As my role as a Prospect Management Intern in the Major Gifts team, my primary responsibility was ensuring that the CRM system (salesforce.com) had updated information about donors. The e-mails that I would check in the mornings involved some type of correction to a donor record, such as address, e-mail, phone number, or employer. I would also be responsible for doing research on the donors and entering that information on the system, such as if they had an interaction with a member of the foundation, or their connection to the cause. After all the information is entered into the system, I was responsible for making weekly reports and ensuring that all of the information that I previously entered is assigned to the correct donor record. 

I had other projects depending on the time of the month and the Foundation’s priorities, but my manager was very helpful in fully explaining the projects and ensuring that I always had work. The LIVESTRONG Foundation is an excellent organization to gain knowledge in the non-profit industry and to learn about the business world.

Spring 2014 Site Review

Position: Research and Prospect Intern
Student: Sociology Senior

LIVESTRONG is an amazing company to intern for, and I would highly recommend it to anyone perusing an internship. During the interview process there will be two people; Amber, who is in charge of all of the interns, and your potential mentor. This will help them gauge how your personality/skills will be beneficial to the foundation. For preparation you should read through the website because it is really informative about our overall mission, as well as specific projects/partnerships.

After accepting the position, get excited! The orientation is very informative, but also awkward like the first day of school. You should wear jeans and a modest shirt or something along those lines. This day will be a lot of information, ice breakers, and new faces, but you won’t be tested. The first couple of weeks of your internship will be a lot of getting organized with new systems, projects, and meetings. Don’t lose you scan-in tag, and remember to use it every day. LIVESTRONG likes to quantify the number of hours the interns worked each semester. Getting acquainted with outlook may take a few tries, but this system allows you to organize your emails, and appointments on a calendar that is viewable by all of the employees.

Once you get into the hang of things, your work-load will increase. At this time you will know who to direct your questions to, and what the ultimate goal of your project is. Communicate with your mentor about your progress on your current project, and always open the conversation to critiques. Your mentor realizes you are not going to be able to read their mind, so double check you are doing what they asked, and not adding more work for them to fix.

Your scheduled hours can be flexible as long as there is space in the intern room for you to work. Yes, interns have their own room with about twenty work spaces decked out with your own computer, phone, and bulletin board. Keep your space clean in case someone needs to log on to your computer. Take advantage of the free coffee, and any snacks left on the bar, most of us are starving college kids. Also, don’t worry you will have school holidays off and if it randomly snows you will have that off as well.

Summer 2010 Site Review

Position: Government Relations Intern
Student: Government Senior

What is there to be said about interning with the Lance Armstrong Foundation?  If you get the opportunity, do not turn it down, and make the most of it, because the experience is incredible!  Let’s start with the building itself.  LAF moved into their new home a little over a year ago and it is beautiful!  An old paper manufacturing warehouse, it was renovated in a totally “green” manner with tons of reused materials and natural sunlight.  Everyone, including the amazingly nice CEO, has a spacious cubicle office to go along with the “no closed doors” mentality around the office.  The staff is comprised of around 80 employees and between 40 and 60 volunteers at any given time (including interns). 

Everyone is great and the Foundation wants you to be a part of everything they have to offer.  They hold a speaker series monthly where food and drinks are provided, as well as group outings and happy hours that the interns are welcome at.  Everyday you are greeted by friendly faces, and there is always someone new to meet.  They have interns and volunteers sign in an out everyday and they will track your hours for you, giving you a certificate at the end of your service with the total.  There is an intern room with computer workspaces that are assigned when you begin.  You are given a Foundation email address and an extension that can be accessed from any phone – needless to say, the services are great.  Your mentor/supervisor is your best friend, I have never heard anyone speak poorly of theirs.  They assign your daily duties and invite you to relevant meetings (they also take you out to lunch on your last day, which is always nice to a college student).  They tell you at the beginning that the internship experience is what you make of it, and they mean it.  While it is necessary to do the assignments they give you, they love your input and when you can generate your own project ideas.  All in all, I highly recommend LAF.  They are understanding of student schedules and most importantly, they treat you as if you are doing them the favor by volunteering your time, not the other way around.  A mutually beneficial relationship is a beautiful thing!

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