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Volunteer Spotlight: Summer Interns

Project Sunshine´s 2015 summer interns, Stephanie Zlotnick, Julia Kaplan, and Rebecca Himmelstein, come from three different universities with different college majors and interests. However, they all had one thing in common: an interest in working for a nonprofit organization. All three interns were immediately interested in Project Sunshine and were thrilled to dedicate their summer to this internship. They worked throughout the summer around the New York City area to spread sunshine to children facing medical challenges and their families. The interns successfully organized and led 13 programs bringing sunshine to almost 300 children and their families in just two months!

Stephanie, Julia, and Rebecca coordinated a variety of programs, including Caregiver Wellness, Arts and Crafts, NICU Reunions, Star for a Day, Sunshine Chefs, and so much more! They also attended several Corporate and Community Sending Sunshine events in which they oversaw volunteers throughout the process.

The summer interns truly made an impact in the lives of many children and families facing medical challenges in just one summer.

"This is such a unique opportunity, and I am so glad I was able to intern at Project Sunshine this summer. Since I am interested in business, this internship gave me the opportunity to learn how to run a nonprofit business. While I love the program planning and organizing, there is nothing greater than seeing how happy the children and families are after our events. I will never forget the boy who told me it was the ´funnest day of his life!´ I look forward to continuing to be involved in the Project Sunshine community after this internship," says Julia Kaplan.

"I also really appreciate that the Project Sunshine mission is encompassing of both children and their families because I have learned about the burdens that caregivers face. At the first Caregiver Wellness event I planned, I just remember one mother repeating over and over again, ´Thank you for doing this. Us moms really needed this.´ I can´t wait to involve myself with the University of Michigan chapter of Project Sunshine when I get back to school! This summer has made me into a better employee and a better person," says Rebecca Himmelstein.

"I´m so grateful to have had the opportunity to intern with Project Sunshine this summer. It´s the perfect combination of planning programs, learning the ins and outs of a nonprofit organization, and working directly with the families that we serve. All the smiles, the laughs, and the hugs from the children and caregivers show just how important and amazing Project Sunshine is. I´ve learned so much working with Project Sunshine, and I am so excited to continue my involvement in the future," says Stephanie Zlotnick.

More Volunteer Stories of Interest

Sports Illustrated model, Damaris Lewis, volunteered for her second year as a Project Sunshine Dance Camp instructor to empower young women through dance.
Emilio Delgado, who has played Luis on Sesame Street for 40 years, brought sunshine to pediatric patients at Mount Sinai´s KidZone as part of Project Sunshine´s Book Club

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