Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. (CBOB) is a non-profit organization with a mission centered around constantly bettering the lives of children locally and internationally with empowerment through education. CBOB has many wonderful programs within it, Bound For Peace, Children Within our Borders, Student Chapters, IAMCBOB, and a powerful one: the Volunteer Internship Program (VIP). VIP was founded in November 2009 with the initiative to provide students with the opportunity to get involved in a non-profit and make a direct impact on the world. The main goal of this program is to empower and inform the interns, while providing them with life skills and practical experience to prepare them for a future filled with passion and success.
Through the Volunteer Internship Program, interns are able to acquire skills that will help them in the future, with any path they choose to pursue. VIP provides their interns with hands-on experiences that teach them knowledge, empathy, and professionalism. This is important because the professionalism you learn in VIP “helps you practice being personal to whom you are serving yet still know your limits and act like the qualified person you are,” says Estefania Martinez, our Curriculum Coordinator.
The positions in VIP range from Grant Writing to Fundraising to Social Media. Independent of the position, every semester we are able to see the profound impact VIP has had on the interns and the kids we serve. Emalyn Deak, our current Training Coordinator, said that joining the VIP program “has been one of the best decisions of [her] life.” Because of this program, “I look at the world around me with a different perspective,” she states, “I continue to feel blessed that I found not only an internship, but also a family.” Our current Graphic Designer, Amanda Gebelhoff, said that through the Volunteer Internship Program, she’s “become more responsible, handled [her] time better, and furthered [her] skills in design.”
VIP may seem intimidating, but there is nothing more encouraging than this family of passionate and dedicated people who will support you every step of the way. “The people you work with in CBOB want to see you accomplish things and also give you the proper tools and techniques with expansive freedom to do so,” says Cathy Telfer, one of our Grant Writing Interns. The internship always goes above and beyond any expectation a person had coming into them, surprising them with the difference they can make in the world, and the difference they found VIP made on them. This internship is for anyone who is willing to “put in the work and believe in the cause,” says Sabrina Wilkerson, one of our Public Relations Interns, because “this experience is a great resume builder and can teach you great work skills, such as being responsive and held accountable to your duties.” Emalyn Deak believes “this internship is more than just an internship; it is the key to making a difference in the world. Every volunteer, intern, or board member of CBOB change the world on a daily basis.”
VIP combines individuality with teamwork, passion with professionalism, and work with love.
“Experiences like this don’t come along very often, so take advantage of it,” says Amanda Gebelhoff. Let the Volunteer Internship Program empower you, as you empower others.
Applications open today, Friday, June 24th, 2016. Apply and find out more at http://www.chbob.org/apply