Mary Wurtz, a sophomore at Bellarmine University, gives her insight on WAC’s student internship program.
I’ve been working as an intern in the WAC’s International Visitors Program for about two months now, and I can definitely say that this is not your typical internship. Sure, like at any office, there are always phone calls to be made and copies to be printed, but what I was not expecting were the opportunities to network with community leaders, perform service, and constantly interact with new visitors from all across the globe.
From February 13–17, the World Affairs Council sponsored four visitors from Brazil, Egypt, Pakistan, and the Palestinian Territories for a program titled Corporate Social Responsibility. Starting with a meeting at Humana that I was able to sit in on, our visitors spent the week visiting other local organizations, including Facilities Management Services, Greater Louisville Inc., and Heine Brothers Coffee to learn about these companies’ commitment to the Louisville Metro community.
Easily my favorite part of the week was the chance to put these concepts into practice through a service project at The Table. The Table is a non-profit restaurant that serves locally grown food and operates under a pay-what-you-can model. Customers may pay the listed price, pay more, or help out in the kitchen if they cannot afford their meal.
After attending a panel discussion and networking session about ethical business practices, I stayed behind with our visitors to help the restaurant set up for the day by moving furniture, cleaning, and preparing food. Once the Table opened, we ran food and drinks to different tables and greeted customers as they walked in. At the end of a busy morning, we were treated to a delicious lunch and the opportunity to get to know each other better. We talked about everything from the meetings they had attended to questions they had about American politics and culture.
My internship this semester has provided me with so many opportunities to interact with and learn from people from other countries. I will always value the skills I have learned and the memories I have made from my internship here!
If you’re interested in working with us as an intern, head over to our Internship Opportunities page for more information on each of our intern focus area or to fill out an application.