See you soon Catie

Saying goodbye has never been one of my strong suits and having to say goodbye to all the members of the Patron’s office is no exception. This summer I had the unforgettable experience to intern for an organization that is extremely close to my family’s and my heart. It was a true joy to get to know and work with all of the women in the office…and of course, can’t forget Fr. Kevin! I was blown away by how passionate all of the people in the office are for this organization and how patient they were with myself and the other two interns, Harriet and Zoe.

During my time at the Patron’s, I was assigned the project of creating a case study comparing The PAVM to other similar nonprofits. In doing so, I was able to create a website that laid out what PAVM does well and ideas from other nonprofits that we could implement. Getting to speak with people from the Friends of The Louvre and the Papal Foundation and learn about the ways they run their nonprofits was such a fantastic experience. I was also able to begin the working on creating member spotlights for the new website. I was such a great experience to learn all of the different stories and connections that current members of The PAVM have!

This internship was also extremely spiritual fulfilling. Being able to attend mass each week in St. Peter’s Basilica and to work in a place that is a constant reminder of the Catholic faith was more than I could have ever asked for in an internship.

I cannot thank everyone in the office enough for allowing me to have such an unbelievable experience. The kindness and support that they all showed was so fulfilling, and their hard work and dedication to the organization was beyond inspiring. I will miss each and every member in the office, but I am excited to see how each of them will continue to excel in all of the work that they do.

When it comes to my co-workers, Harriet and Zoe were absolutely the best two girls I could have ever asked to have as fellow interns. They are both so driven and passionate about living life to the fullest and were truly inspiring! Our hard work, ventures around the different galleries, and frequent trips to buy Oreos at the vending machines are just a few of the little things that I will always cherish.

Having the experience to intern for a nonprofit outside of the United States has opened my eyes to all of the potential possibilities that come with working for a nonprofit. While I am extremely sad to leave Rome, I am very excited to see where my future takes me and will always keep this experience extremely close to my heart. Vatican City has always been one of my absolute favorite places, and after this summer that love has grown ten times over! So instead of goodbye, I’m going to say “see you later” because I hope to be back in Rome very soon!