December 28, 2012
I learned about The Miracle Foundation from my International Relations professor at the University of Texas at Austin. I was doing a double major in journalism and international development, which required an internship experience. I soon found myself in a semester-long internship at TMF, and can honestly say that it was the best internship I've ever had. Not only was I learning the ropes of non-profit management on-the-job, but I was part of a dream team. I was constantly blown away by the staff's professionalism, courteousness and passion for their work, and admire how everything they do centers on the rights and well-being of both the children and their Indian staff, as well as the sustainability of the organization on both sides of the globe. Maybe it's the pictures of the children all over the office, or the international mobility of the staff, but not once during my internship did I feel distanced from the TMF kids, though I had never met them in person. I could feel the impact of our work, as if the children were right there. Also, the staff treated me with the utmost respect, allowed me to share my skills in the Hindi language with them, and took a genuine interest in the advancement of my career in development work. They corresponded with my university on my internship's progression, regularly educated me on the workings of TMF in response to all my questions, and even wrote me a recommendation letter to the Peace Corps (I served in the Dominican Republic for two years following my graduation). Upon my return visit to the office, I was welcomed as a family member and updated on TMF's activities, though my internship was long over. I have not yet had the opportunity to travel to India with TMF as part of the ambassadors' team, but I am positive that when I do, it will be even more rewarding than my experience working stateside.
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