August 14th, 2018
Some teenagers spend their summer taking a break from work, but The Floating Hospital’s (TFH) 14 interns have been hard at work learning the ins and outs of the nonprofit world.
Denny Morbon, a 16-year-old intern, spent some of his time at our Summer Hot Spot, TFH’s pop-up shop where our homeless families can “shop” for free toys, clothing and other goods. He said he finds it rewarding to see the joy TFH brings to the community.
“I like doing the shop,” Morbon said. “There was a guy that came with a kid and he looked young, and we were telling him he could take whatever he wants and he got so happy.”
Some interns do community outreach to promote TFH and educate people on our services. Others work inside the clinic, assisting with handing out food, administering surveys and doing registration.
We also make work fun – our interns participate in scavenger hunts designed to teach essential career skills. For instance, in one hunt, various TFH staff members wore red buttons with the assignment for the interns to learn their name, role at the hospital and then collect their button. Scavenger hunts help teens step outside their comfort zone by familiarizing themselves with approaching and talking to others with confidence.
“I like the scavenger hunts because they help me communicate with more of the other staff members that work here and learn more about The Floating Hospital,” said Mayisha Fariha, a 15-year-old intern.
Melanie Delgado, a 14-year-old intern, agreed that the program is pushing her to work on her communication skills. Delgado described herself as shy, but said she found that working in community outreach is changing that.
“It’s a new experience,” Delgado said. “I’m becoming more able to talk more and communicate more with people I don’t know.”
Additionally, the interns go on educational trips that include visits to the United Nations, the Dominican Consulate and a volunteer experience at Part of the Solution (POTS), as seen in the photos below, where they served lunch to the hungry. Above all, the internship is designed to serve as constructive, enjoyable exposure to nonprofit work and career opportunities.