AIDS Services of Austin
Spring 2013 Site Review
Position: Development Intern
Student: Government/English Senior
The AIDS Services of Austin at located at 7215 Cameron road. The mission of AIDS Services of Austin is to enhance the health and well-being of the community and people affected by HIV and AIDS. They provided numerous services to thousands of central Texans living with HIV and AIDS. Some of the services provided by the AIDS Services of Austin include food and nutrition services, case management, HIV Prevention Outreach, and dental and legal services.
I was a development intern at ASA. Working in development means having to manage the funds of the nonprofit and looking for ways to generate more funds. Some of the fundraisers that ASA has throughout the year include silent auctions like the Viva Las Vegas Silent Auction and Downtown Austin. They also hold Red Ribbon dinners throughout the year. These events are four course dinners with wine pairings where guest pay around 125 dollars to eat at a local Austin restaurant. One of our largest fundraisers is the Austin AIDS walk. This is where most of the funds for ASA and its services come from other than federal funding.
As a development intern it is my job to help in the aid and success of these events. Most of my time is spent organizing and typing emails to our potential donors. I had to overcome my fear of communicating with others over the phone. I felt that I was unable to communicate effectively and would be ridiculed but after some practice I became very well versed in most of the questions that I was asked. Some of the other jobs I have had to undertake are creating and editing mobile websites and having to set up online silent auctions.