My experience as an Events and Fundraising Intern at No Limits
18 August 2017
I have had the pleasure of working as a Fundraising and Events Intern at No Limits for the past four weeks. As a student at the University of Southampton, going into my final year, this was my first opportunity to work within a charity and office environment. Understandably I was apprehensive about joining a team for such a short period of time, however, I cannot emphasize enough the warmth I was welcomed with, immediately feeling a part of such a passionate working environment. The staff and volunteers at No Limits are a real credit to the charity.
From my first day I felt completely part of the team. I was immediately informed about the ongoing community fundraising and was able to get involved with upcoming events, including visiting members of the community who had chosen to fundraise for No Limits. Within my four weeks I began with trying to create a relationship between No Limits and the University of Southampton, hoping to engage further with students and fundraising within the student union. I also joined the events team for the upcoming Rounder’s Tournament, organising the catering and entertainment to create a family fun day out. I was able to contribute to the team by collating a research project into the most profitable and affordable fundraising platforms. This aimed to make the most out of the charities incomings and to create a straightforward environment for donations and sponsorships. My final and ongoing fundraising project, which I hope to volunteer my time to continue, was researching into feasible mass participation community fundraising events.
During my internship I had the opportunity to spend some time at the No Limits Advice Centre, which was an invaluable experience as I was able to fully understand the complexity of the holistic services and support that the charity provide. Shadowing the instrumental work of the youth workers and witnessing first-hand the impact of supporting young people allowed me to appreciate who the beneficiaries of the charity are, and how my work in the fundraising team would contribute towards supporting them.
After four weeks of interning I have been able to further my future prospects and employability, and most of all, I feel completely inspired by the work of the charity. Today is my last day and I want to thank everyone for such an enriching professional experience.
Fiona, History and Politics student at the University of Southampton