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Long Islander Turned Social Media Intern

Laying in bed, scrolling through pages of intern and job opportunities, with my mom’s voice in my head, “A degree is great, but not enough. You need real work experience.” This is how I spent most of my semester; stressed.

Many of my friends searched for the highest paying internships, or the job with the shortest commute. However, I was looking for an opportunity that would allow me to use my education in Public Relations and Latin American studies in order to make a positive impact on the world, no matter how big or small.

Growing up in a relatively affluent, Long Island suburb, the biggest “issue” that buzzed amongst the school hallways was who didn’t receive UGG boots for Christmas. Fathers stood on the sidelines of their children’s soccer games, complaining that the landscapers did an insufficient job mowing their lawns. Mothers held fundraisers to send their daughters to cheerleading competitions in Disney World, rather than for less fortunate.

On my 13th birthday, the bubble in which I lived popped. On a volunteer trip to the middle of the poorest region of Costa Rica, I sat in a circle listening to local youth tell their life stories. One by one they explained the problems that plagued their community; alcoholism, high teen pregnancy rates, and the inability to attend school. Suddenly my problems were not problems at all.

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Meeting local children from Cairo, Costa Rica

When I returned to school, the only question that my friends asked me was,”Why aren’t you more tan?” They could not imagine something more disappointing. I tried to tell them about everything that I had just seen; the families that live in houses made entirely out of sheet metal or the children that did not have a school to attend. My tan was not that important.

RtF is an organization that middle and high schools need. Students need to be exposed to issues that are occurring outside of their “bubbles.” RtF uses documentary films to not only expose these issues, but also to engage students in conversation and empower students to make a change.

When I discovered RtF’s opening for spring Social Media Intern, I found my opportunity to help make a change.

Overlooking Costa Rica's capital, San Jose

Overlooking Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose

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