Written by: Melvin Yarber, Public Relations Intern
The average college student is constantly looking to apply classroom knowledge to real life situations. But for some it’s a way of finally getting off their parents couch and doing something productive for the summer. This summer I am doing just that – I applied and was offered the Public Relations (PR) internship for the summer at Denver Rescue Mission (DRM).
[For more information about Denver Rescue Mission Internships, please watch this video (created by an intern) Intern at Denver Rescue Mission.]
Before I dove into my new role, I attended an intern orientation to learn about the Mission and to meet all the new interns. This orientation was the start to lifelong relationships. After the formal introductions, we enjoyed a game of ultimate Frisbee – my team winning of course.
We also took tours of each of the Mission’s ministry outreaches. During the tours we had an opportunity to visit with residents living at The Crossing complex. It was truly a blessing to see hard working staff attending to the needs of men and women they barely knew. The Mission staff work tirelessly to serve in the name of Christ and to be a part of this team is truly a blessing.
When I first arrived I was a little nervous about what type of work I would be assigned. My classroom experience at Colorado State University-Pueblo is proving me with knowledge needed for the professional world. I’ve learned and enhanced my skills in organization, interpersonal interaction and social media tactics in just a few weeks.
Working with other college students from around the world makes this internship remarkable. Interns arrived from Papua New Guinea, Ireland, and Germany. Interacting with people from different backgrounds provides me with better understanding of the “human factor” concept needed in such a diverse world.
My days as a PR intern are busy. If I’m not writing press releases or learning about media tactics, then I’m attending meetings with the PR team. At the end of the day, I am able to provide my community with resources to help the hurting and homeless get back on their feet.
I am beginning my journey toward spiritual and professional growth. One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” I may just be an intern, but one thing I do know is God will make my path straight and true.