To open up with a joke:
What did the cat say when she made a mistake?
It’s okay! Nobody’s purr-fect!
Hello! My name is Noah Jung, and I’m the newest addition to the Hawaiian Humane Society! I will be working with Jesslin and Shayna as an Education Intern, and although I’m not purr-fect, I’m willing to work as best as I can to help animals and advocate for their rights.
I am currently a freshman at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. My dream is to be an advocacy journalist, which draws back to why I want to work with the Hawaiian Humane Society: to help fight for the traumatized and abused. As someone who is a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, I know what it feels like to encounter violence because of my identity. I’m thankful to have the opportunity to learn more about animal welfare, and will do my part in campaigning for their voices to be heard. Already, thanks to a recent adoption event I got to help out with, I got to be a part of a positive change! It was honestly one of the most empowering experiences in my life, to witness justice in such a tangible, direct form.
I can’t wait to join in many more events throughout my run as an intern, and hopefully, I’ll be able to come up with many more feline jokes along the way! Until then – have a meowvelous day!
Hi everyone! My name is Michelle Gorman, I couldn’t be more pleased with where I have been placed for my Internship and am looking forward to all that the Hawaiian Humane Society has to offer. I am interning in their Humane Education department. I am from a small town in the San Francisco Bay area called Alameda but am currently calling Honolulu my home. I am in my senior year of college at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and will be completing my Bachelor’s degree in Family Resources. If everything goes as planned, I will officially be done in December 2016.
I’ve always had at least one animal my whole life so being in Hawaii in a no pet apartment is a bit hard. I am constantly missing my dog back on the mainland but it is nice to be able to get my animal fix here and give some love to the animals.
It has only been a week since I started my internship and things are already off to a quick start. My highlight of the first week was being able to help out with an adoption event that the Hawaiian Humane Society hosted. It was a great experience and almost all of the dogs that were brought to the adoption event found new loving homes, which is always a satisfying experience!
I am excited for all the other opportunities that are going to be available to me during this semester and increasing my knowledge and growth here at the Hawaiian Humane Society.
Aloha! My name is Heather Baker. I am currently finishing my Masters in Human Services at Bellevue University. I have a passion for helping others, which is why I pursued an internship at the Hawaiian Humane Society. I am very excited to begin this journey in working with Marielle and the Community Relations team.
I grew up in Nebraska surrounded by anything from bunnies and dogs, to turkeys and deer. I was instilled at a young age to advocate for animals and be a voice for those who may not have one. My own fur baby, Herbie, was an additional motivation for me to pursue helping the organization in any way that I could. Every animal deserves a loving home and I couldn’t imagine my life without Herbie!
I look forward to gaining the hands-on experience to help me succeed in the future. I hope to build on the tools I have gained throughout my education and apply them here throughout my internship!
Hi Everyone! My name is Kiana and I am a Volunteer and Outreach Intern for the Fall 2016 semester. I am an incoming senior at University of Hawaii – West Oahu, majoring in Business Administration. If all goes well, I will be a college graduate by May 2017!
I was born here on Oahu but grew up in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. I was afraid of dogs and cats through most of my childhood and found solace in the company of small, furry creatures. We had both chinchillas and guinea pigs in the house growing up. Over time, I’ve been able to ease myself into the world of canines and felines but there is still a special place in my heart for petting soft chinchilla fur and hearing content guinea pig purrs.
This is my first internship and my first opportunity to work on the administrative side of an organization. I have worked and volunteered for non-profit organizations in previous years and feel extremely empathetic to their causes. I love knowing that the sometimes tedious tasks of doing paperwork and making phone calls ultimately benefit the welfare of Oahu’s pets. My goal for this internship is to be able to apply the concepts I’ve learned in the classroom to my work here at the Hawaiian Humane Society.
While many of my peers back at Georgetown are pursuing internships in the corporate world at financial firms and tech companies in DC and New York City, I spent my summer here at home as an education intern at the Hawaiian Humane Society, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the human-animal bond and the humane treatment of all animals. This might seem out of the ordinary for someone studying International Affairs, but this internship has provided me with multiple opportunities to develop the skills needed to accomplish one of my ultimate career goals: to serve my community and help make the world a better place.
As someone who is very interested in the public sector and the nonprofit world, I am privileged to have had the chance to intern at a nonprofit organization such as the Hawaiian Humane Society. Through this internship, I expanded my knowledge and perspective on animal welfare; connected with professionals throughout the organization and children across the island; learned how to use online tools such as Constant Contact and Survey Anyplace to increase social impact; and brainstormed creative ways to achieve the department’s education goals. I also drafted social media posts, practiced my phone skills, and polished my public speaking. Some of my proudest achievements from this internship include calling 60+ people to recruit volunteers to work at the pet-friendly disaster shelters during Tropical Storm Darby and delivering a solo “Tails of Kindness” presentation to 200 kids at Aina Haina Elementary Summer Fun. This summer internship has been an invaluable experience that has given me a toolkit I can apply to my life as a student, a pre-professional, and a public servant. I know that this internship will help me chart the course of my future career, whatever that may be.
My experience as an education intern with the Hawaiian Humane Society has not only been fun and rewarding but it has also contributed immensely to both my personal and professional growth. As I write this final blog post, I am finishing my internship with animal handling and dog walking training under my belt, in addition to a newfound wealth of knowledge about animal welfare and the operations of a successful nonprofit organization.
To quote one of my favorite poems by Robert Frost, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Thank you to the Hawaiian Humane Society – and especially to my supervisors, Jesslin and Shayna – for guiding me along the “road less traveled” and showing me what it means to be a voice for the voiceless.
Me and Hokulani, social media sensation and local animal celebrity, at the Honolulu Night Market during our Hawaiian Humane Society intern fundraiser – where I practiced being assertive by walking up to total strangers to ask for donations.
As summer 2016 comes to a close, I’m sad to say that the time of my internship is closing with it. These past three months were unforgettable, to say the least. Not only did I build upon my business, events and communication skills, but I also gained skills in animal welfare. I liked that everyday at the shelter was not like the last. There was always something new to do and learn.
I was lucky, because I got to work under two amazing women. Suzy and Christina really know their stuff! I was shocked whenever they let me do tasks on my own– thinking I’d screw it up– sorry for the pet walk poster, Christina!! With all jokes aside, it was such a great feeling to know that they put so much trust in me to get things done. I know that they had a lot more on their plate that stressed them out, so I am forever grateful that they took the time out of their schedules to teach me.
I did encounter days when I really saw how much effort the shelter puts in to ensure the well-being of Oahu’s animals. With the help of the Humane Society Staff, many animals are on their way to finding better and healthier homes.
On a more positive note, there were so many favorite moments during my time here. I enjoyed helping plan, pack, set up and run events. In addition to posting and seeing my posts on Craigslist, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. I’m sad to leave because I know that there is so much more that I can learn here, but I am still blessed for the amount of time I have already spent. Thank you to the Hawaiian Humane Society’s CR team for making this internship one for the books!
I can’t believe that my internship at the Humane Society is almost over! Working as an intern with the Volunteer and Outreach Programs has been one of the most rewarding experiences, and I had the most amazing time.
Every day was a new adventure, and there was never a dull moment. Between pet visitations, “Tails of Kindness” presentations, running the pet food bank, and fundraising with my fellow interns, it was a busy summer, but it was so worth it.
I’m so thankful for the opportunity to work with one of my favorite organizations, and to make a difference in our community. Thanks to my supervisors, Marielle and Kristen, I was able to learn so much and have an incredibly hands-on, rewarding experience. I met so many great people, and got to spend every day hanging out with cute animals. What could be better than that?