Poojitha's Internship Experience

June 07, 2019

By Poojitha Madaka 


This past quarter I had the amazing opportunity to be an intern at the UCSC Student Volunteer Center. Coming into the SVC I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did not know much about the SVC other than the occasional email updates that I had received over the course of the year. Being a part of this internship allowed me to learn so much more--not only about the SVC but about things that happen around campus as well. Initially, I thought that this internship would be primarily focused on doing actual volunteer work, however, it is much more than that. The Student Volunteer Center serves more as a resource center between students on campus and the Santa Cruz community.

Through this internship I have learned about our extensive organization database with hundreds of organizations students can get involved in both on and off campus. I have also learned about the many different events that SVC has to offer such as the Giving Drive, Service Recognition Ceremony, and Pause for Paws. This internship opportunity has also pushed me out of my comfort zone in a few different ways. I’ve learned how to effectively make phone calls, send emails, and plan events on campus. These skills will be beneficial to me moving forward.

My time at the SVC has actually changed my personal perspectives on volunteering. For example, I have decided to be more selective with the opportunities I decide to take because I want to truly make a positive impact. I really loved being able to help out with a few of the events that the Volunteer Center has had this past quarter. I also really liked planning some of my own events with the other interns. We were able to put on a successful outreach event as well as raise money for a non-profit organization by hosting a fundraiser. One of my favorite events was the organization mixer because not only did it allow me to learn about different organizations on campus it also brought up some really good discussions about campus issues that should be addressed. This internship was an incredible learning experience and a great way to get involved on campus.