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by Kelly Nirenberg   |   August 14, 2019

A Glimpse Inside Zero: DC Summer Interns Tell All

My name is Kelly Nirenberg and for the past few months I have been interning at ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer in the Marketing and Communications Department. My grandfather passed away from prostate cancer when I was young, so ZERO’s mission and work is close to my heart. I’ve known about ZERO for a few years now and have seen the way ZERO’s Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in my hometown has rallied the community together. Going into work my first day, I knew my summer would be filled with meaningful work geared towards making a difference. However, nothing could have prepared me for the overwhelming kindness and support of the ZERO family. 

One of my main responsibilities has been managing ZERO’s blog series: Journey to ZERO. Everyday, I’ve had the opportunity to read inspiring, emotional, and hope-filled stories sent in by ZERO constituents. While editing and working on each blog post, I’ve gotten to know so many wonderful people. Approaching my final day at ZERO, I realized I wanted to write my own blog post, and invited my fellow DC interns to join me. So together, we’ve written a reflection of our summer here at ZERO. 

Making Connections through Event Planning and Fundraising

My name is Amber Smith and I am the Mid-Atlantic Chapter Intern with ZERO for Summer, 2019. While applying at ZERO I knew that I wanted to be involved with their events but also wanted to gain fundraising experience. This position has been absolutely perfect. My day-to-day responsibilities include reaching out to local businesses for sponsorship and donations. Additionally, I contact both past race participants and new ones to encourage early registration for our upcoming races. With the local businesses and the participant outreach, I have had the pleasure of meeting so many new people and creating connections through ZERO. I can say I am more confident and have gained valuable skills in my time at ZERO, such as interpersonal skills through outreach and fundraising, and also tools that will undoubtedly benefit me in the future. For example, I now can confidently navigate ZERO’s two main databases, Raiser’s Edge and Luminate Online, which is a true asset for anyone wanting to work in the nonprofit sector.

What makes working at ZERO as an intern so special is getting to know everyone in the office on a personal level. ZERO is such a close-knit, family-oriented company that allows you to bond with everyone in the office. All members at ZERO make sure your work is valued and are always there to help if you have any questions. I am grateful for my time at ZERO. 

Reaching Out to Make a Difference

An internship at ZERO doesn’t just mean you grow your skills, you grow personally. My name is Stephanie Bailey and I am an intern on the Development Team. My main focus is administrative duties, such as preparing and mailing materials for different campaigns and events, conducting research, managing donor relations, and so much more! Every day is different and I’ve enjoyed supporting my ZERO colleagues with whatever is needed. Throughout this internship, I’ve not only grown as a person but have also learned many new skills. I absolutely love the culture and staff! 

ZERO is special in so many ways: from working with us on our professional development, giving us the support necessary for our day-to-day responsibilities, and allowing us to come to anyone if we have questions or need advice, even if that someone is the CEO. I truly feel like I’ve become a part of the ZERO family, where everyone’s thoughts and criticisms are appreciated, and where everyone wants us to succeed in whatever life brings us. I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to be part of this team.

My name is Kelly McCready and I am a Development Intern with ZERO for Summer, 2019. My main responsibilities include working on our fundraising and awareness campaign, Grow & Give, a facial hair growing campaign that happens every November. I spend most days reaching out to organizations asking them to participate in this campaign, and I also assist in the general preparation for the campaign’s launch. ZERO’s internship program includes training in Raiser’s Edge, a donor database software program, which is necessary to learn when working for many nonprofits. 

My internship here has been a valuable experience that has given me transferable skills toward a career in fundraising. The ZERO culture is an example of how every organization should interact with their staff! I have never been a part of a more welcoming environment focused on personal and professional well being. My favorite part of my internship has been the relationships I have built with staff and other interns. I wake up every morning looking forward to going into the office!

My name is Tai Mooney and I’m one of the interns with the Development team here at ZERO. My focus is mainly administrative, a lot of mailing projects as well as computer research, and using our database to input or extract information of our constituents. These jobs are mainly designed to further our relationships with our donors, so I’m glad to have a part in that any way that I can. I’ve also had the opportunity to get experience working the front desk when needed so I’ve gained phone and package shipping experience, as well. 

It’s a great office to work in. Everyone is very friendly and supportive, and are always doing their best to further our mission: to help end prostate cancer! I’ve learned so many new things about the nonprofit field and am always ready to have new experiences here to grow even more.

A Summer of Blogging: More than Just a Millennial Past Time

Hi, it’s Kelly Nirenberg again. I have loved working as a marketing and communications intern this summer at ZERO. Apart from the blog posts, I am also responsible for composing social media posts, photographing ZERO products for our online store, mailing out awareness toolkits, and creating infographics. Over the course of my summer, I have been able to refine skills while also learning and developing new ones. I have gained experience using programs such as Raiser’s Edge and Canva. I have learned how to edit and publish work on ZERO’s website. The list goes on. 

My favorite part of my internship has been connecting with all the individuals who have shared their stories with ZERO for our blog series Journey to ZERO. As I work with each blog’s author, I am constantly reminded of why it is so imperative to spread awareness, education, and work to end prostate cancer. The office staff has gone above and beyond for us interns. They have not only helped us grow our skills necessary for our work at ZERO Prostate Cancer, but for wherever our career takes us in the future.

Dear DC Staff: Thank You

Coming to work every day isn’t an obligation, it’s an opportunity for which we are all thankful. Throughout the summer, staff have led professional development days for us. They work with us to refine our resumes, blogs, interviewing skills, and useful life skills, such as salary negotiations and handling conflict in a work environment. We are all more equipped to enter the working world after having been embraced by the ZERO family, who have helped us all grow both professionally and personally. Every single person in the office is approachable, caring, and encouraging. I believe that you can tell a lot about a company by the office culture, especially how staff members treat each other. It is no wonder why ZERO’s work for prostate cancer is unmatched. 

ZERO is always looking for more interns – spring, summer, winter, and fall – so check this link if you would like more information.