Our #SummerOfPurpose blog series follows this year’s Cleveland Foundation Summer Interns as they spend 11 weeks working with Cleveland-area nonprofit and public sector organizations. In today’s blog we hear from Miranda Moulton, who spent her summer working with Deepwood Foundation. Miranda focused on Deepwood’s marketing and community awareness strategies related to public relations, donor recognition and special event planning.
College: Eastern Michigan University
Hometown: Wickliffe, Ohio
Internship Host Site: Deepwood Foundation
What has been the most valuable aspect of your internship experience?
My overall experience at Deepwood Foundation has been beyond amazing! One of the most valuable aspects of this internship is to have the ability to work with and for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Our individuals are so positive and friendly – it’s nice to be in an environment where just talking to one of them can turn my whole day around!
What has been the most challenging aspect of your internship experience?
Like most nonprofits, Deepwood Foundation is small and everyone helps with a little bit of everything. It’s been challenging to have to transition roles and adapt in the ever-changing work environment. However, it’s been rewarding to learn how to adapt quickly and to do more than just the bare minimum!
After going out of state for college, I definitely want to come home and back to Cleveland. I loved the change of scenery, but my roots are here and nowhere else will compare to my love for this city. I also want to stay involved in the nonprofit sector – I hope gain a position in the communications and marketing department of an advocacy-based organization.
How has this internship helped you grow professionally?
The Cleveland Foundation has set up so many learning and networking opportunities for the cohort. This program has taught me how important relationships are to professional development.
When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing around Cleveland?
I enjoy exploring all around the city. I especially love going to Wade Oval Wednesdays, Public Square events, and exploring any arts districts. I also will never tire of going the Cleveland Museum of Art – it’s one of my favorite places.
What advice would you give to someone considering applying for the Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship program?
I would tell them that it’s okay to be nervous and make mistakes because we’re all learning along the way. However, that shouldn’t hold them back from diving into their work because even though this program takes a lot of time and effort, it’s so worth it!