Social Enterprise Internship: Christ in the Workplace at World Vision

 

Caitlin Cury (second from right, front), poses outside of World Vision headquarters with her fellow interns.

By Caitlin Cury

All of my work at World Vision culminated in being Christ’s hands and feet, living out His mission, and serving those who are in need. This summer, I was able to experience what it means to be a Christian in the workplace and how this identity is not separate from my purpose. I have seen how necessary it is for each individual’s strengths to be used for a common purpose.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves almost 100 million people in over 100 countries.

Change Comes With Empowerment

“I have come that you might have life, life in all its fullness”(John 10:10).

After three and a half months with the organization, I can truly say I better understand the importance of the verse, “I have come that you might have life, life in all its fullness”(John 10:10).

At World Vision, there is just as much need for those working on strategy in an office environment as there is for field workers. It reaffirms that each individual has a purpose, no one is more important than another, when it comes to being a disciple of Christ. In addition, partnering with the ADP (area development programme) in inner city Los Angeles and working with the youth gave me a better perspective into the mission field that is in our own backyard.

I have begun to understand the need to make changes that are sustainable and empower the individuals living in these areas. While “doing things for others” is definitely part of our Christian mission, empowering will allow real change to be done.

Professional Development, Personal Growth

This has been an incredible summer; I have had time to reflect, and I can truly say that I have grown so much both personally, professionally and spiritually. I really had no idea how much I would learn both in the business realm and also about myself. This program’s hands-on approach has allowed me to gain a better understanding of the non-profit humanitarian sector and the necessary factors that go into being a successful non-profit that really creates change.

I spent the summer working in People & Culture (HR) as the Summer Student Coordinator. My role was to lead a group of 12 interns and organize our programme activities, which consisted of department orientations, summer fundraising objectives, partnering with the ADP, planning a chapel service and more. I was able to use my experience and MBA studies to help strategize areas of improvement within the professional development programmes. The internship exposed me to new skillsets in event planning, fundraising, web design, entrepreneurship, administration, managing a team/employees and international staffing.

Dream, Develop, and Deliver

Thanks to my experience at World Vision, I now have a better idea of where my career path is leading me. God has truly opened my eyes to who I am as a daughter of Christ; a woman who has a passion for using entrepreneurial skills to dream, develop, and deliver. I realize I will be most effective if I can have a balance of business and field opportunities.

Even more, if I can combine my visionary dreams and passion for serving youth with my business skills to bring to reality these big ideas, I will be living out where God has been leading me so far. I am excited to see what this next season holds as I continue to pursue my MBA so that I can be better equipped to go out and serve.

The focus of the World Vision organization is divided into five major areas: emergency relief, education, health care, economic development, and promotion of justice. World Vision activities include transformational development, emergency relief, strategic initiatives, public awareness campaigns and promoting Christianity.

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Caitlin Cury, Summer Student Coordinator, World Vision

Caitlin Cury was born and raised in San Diego, California. She attended Pepperdine University as an undergraduate where she studied business administration and religion.  She is currently a 2012 MBA candidate, concentrating in entrepreneurship at the Graziadio School of Business and Management.

She is involved with the Graduate Christian Business Society and is also co-director of Wonderfully Made, a women’s ministry at Pepperdine.

 

 

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
Social Enterprise Internship Program Series

Social Enterprise Internship Program Series

The Social Enterprise Internship Program awards stipends to supplement internship salaries, offering students the opportunity to spend summers working within socially responsible corporations and non-profit organizations. The intent is to explore and address important managerial issues utilizing analytic and strategic skills, allowing students to develop professional leadership skills as they apply material covered in the graduate business program's curriculum.
Social Enterprise Internship Program Series

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