Meet Recent Red Cross Interns!


Aubrey Houston, Talent Acquisition

Aubrey Houston
Ohio State University, OH Public Affairs & Nonprofit Management Major

Describe your internship experience.

My internship provided me with the opportunity to learn about the different aspects of Human Resources, particularly the science of recruitment and what it takes to run an effective internship program.

Describe any specific projects that you worked on during your internship.

I helped facilitate the internship program itself and worked to update the New Employee Handbooks. I was also involved in the process of recruiting future interns.

How will your experience at the Red Cross influence your future personal and career plans?

I don’t think I would have gotten the employment position I have today without my internship at the Red Cross. During interviews, employers were impressed with what I had accomplished during my time at the Red Cross.

What advice do you have for other students seeking an internship at the Red Cross?

I would advise them to look into many different internship possibilities within the Red Cross. I would also urge them to read application directions carefully and be confident in their interviews!

Jessica Velasco, Youth and Young Adult Intern Volunteer Resources

Jessica Velasco
Iona College, NY Sociology Major

Describe your internship experience.

From orientation to weekly Lunch and Learns with senior executives, meeting people from across the country to representing the Red Cross at the National Conference of Volunteering and Service, these and many other experiences have given me an unforgettable summer that will continue to influence me throughout my life.

Describe any specific projects that you worked on during your internship.

The biggest project that I worked on was creating the Youth and Young Adult Orientatio Presentation. I had such a great time working on this project because I was able to learn more about the Red Cross Mission and its history that dates more than130 years. This orientation presentation is currently used by youth and young adult volunteers and chapters nationwide.

How will your experience at the Red Cross influence your future personal and career plans?

[It] has inspired me to continue my life commitment to service. Upon graduation, I will spend two weeks in Africa assisting children in elementary classrooms and learning the Zambian culture. This fall, I plan to serve my country by joining AmeriCorps. The Red Cross works closely with AmeriCorps members on all natural disasters. To this day, I’m still a Red Cross volunteer.

What advice do you have for other students seeking an internship at the Red Cross?

Don’t be afraid to reach [high]. Looking back, I would have never imagined myself working for the Red Cross National Headquarters, yet alone working on important projects that truly make a difference for the organization.

Kenny Jordan, Program Development Disaster Cycle Services

Kenny Jordan
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C. MA in Industrial Organizational Psychology

Describe your internship experience.

This was my first formalized internship with a globalized nonprofit organization, so there was a lot for me to learn. I was able to network with executive directors nationally and listen to the professional backgrounds of many Red Cross employees and volunteers. Through this, I learned business acumen which helped my professional career.

Describe any specific projects that you worked on during your internship.

I created quarterly reports for the Disaster Readiness Capacity Framework which included 106 Red Cross regions. I also helped with the internship program, engaging leadership in weekly informational sessions with National Headquarters-based summer interns to provide resume-building workshops, mock interview exercises, and CPR/First Aid training and certification.

How will your experience at the Red Cross influence your future personal and career plans?

After my summer internship with Disaster Cycle Services, I wanted to continue to use my skills to help the organization prosper. I [made] a proposal to the Red Cross Corporate Diversity department to see if I could intern [there]. I was [offered an internship] with the department for my fall semester and have been enjoying every moment.

What advice do you have for other students seeking an internship at the Red Cross?

I would advise students to constantly ask questions and be creative. I have learned that these two actions will open many doors for you at the Red Cross.

Ellen Cartmell, Volunteer Partnerships Intern, Volunteer Management

Ellen Cartmell
Morehead State University, KY MA Public Administration: Community Development & Nonprofit Management

Describe your internship experience.

My department encouraged us to take a class on International Humanitarian Law, to get certified in CPR and First Aid, and to volunteer at an event for soldiers and their families through the Service to the Armed Forces division of the Red Cross. It was an ideal combination of work and learning, challenge and fun.

Describe any specific projects that you worked on during your internship.

My biggest project was to develop engagement guides, which are how-to publications for community groups who want to volunteer with or host events for their local Red Cross.

How will your experience at the Red Cross influence your future personal and career plans?

The experiences I had over the summer gave me the confidence and expertise I needed to accept an internship with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, Switzerland, where I’ve been working since I finished my internship with the Red Cross.

What advice do you have for other students seeking an internship at the Red Cross?

Nearly everyone you meet through the Red Cross has an incredible story to tell, so asking them about their experiences and listening to what they love about the Red Cross will help you learn more about the organization than you could any other way.