I've always had an interest in conflicts around the world, whether they were international wars or civil wars. I've always wanted to work in nonprofit work and decided to pursue an internship with The HALO Trust so that I could gain more insight into the world of nonprofit as well as to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing, well-established organization. I spent the summer of 2011 interning at their new office in San Francisco and it was such an amazing experience! Unlike other internships I've had where most of the work was administrative and clerical in nature, I felt like I really made an impact while interning with HALO and got to learn and develop so many new and important skills. I think the greatest taks I worked on were being able to research and develop grant proposals for landmine clearance operations all around the world. I even just found out yesterday that one of the grants was approved for funding landmine clearance in Kosovo! Amy and Claudia (the two lovely ladies who work full-time for HALO in the SF office) are absolutely amazing and taught me so much and let me take the lead on a lot of different tasks. I didn't even feel like I was an intern, I felt like I was actually part of the team, which was an amazing experience. For anyone who wants to learn more about how a great nonprofit works and wants to be able to undertake an internship or volunteer opportunity, I HIGHLY recommend HALO. You'll learn so much, feel like you're actually having an impact on the work being done, and you'll definitely come away from the experience very very pleased. Also, if you're looking for a charity to donate your money to, HALO is a great nonprofit that works in over 10 countries around the world that have experienced conflict to remove and destroy landmines, unexploded bombs, small arms, and ammunition. They're incredibly efficient and employ 8000 local staff in the countries they work in so that they empower locals to help their communities and to rebuild stability and safety. Yay HALO!