My name is Devyn Vinson. I’m a sister of the Zeta Alpha chapter at Bryant University. A year and a half ago I joined Tri Sigma because our philanthropy meant a lot to me. I have two really little sisters (ages 2 and 4), so I loved that Sigma Serves Children. For my chapter, I have served as past ritual chair and currently Vice President of New Members.
This past March, I did not have an internship when an opportunity came up to intern for the Tri Sigma Foundation; I applied and got an interview. I was in my school’s dining hall when I got the phone call that I got the internship. Now looking back, words cannot describe the feelings I have when I think about my first internship working for the Foundation of my sisterhood.
The internship entailed nine weeks working 20 hours a week. As the Foundation’s first ever Communications & Development Intern, I worked remotely from my house in Massachusetts and I planned my own schedule. Working remotely is the standard for the Foundation as most of the Foundation staff work from their own home offices. Currently, only one staff member works at our headquarters in Woodstock, Virginia.
For more than two months, I got to know the other staff members and volunteers through conference calls and interviews. I spoke with many Sigmas who love Robbie Page Memorial and March of Dimes more than I imagined possible. Some of the projects I worked on while interning for the Foundation included: writing blog posts, researching philanthropy best practices, creating how-to guides for philanthropy events, generating surveys, outlining newsletters, and much more.
I was fortunate enough to work with a very small staff. Right now there are four people employed by the Foundation, who are supported largely by many amazing volunteers. I got to know sisters who hold philanthropy very close to their hearts. Their passion was contagious and I will return to my chapter with many new philanthropy event ideas.
If you are reading this and thinking about how you would love to have this internship, applications will be out in March, and I wish you the best of luck!
2017 Foundation Intern