The Foundation team in London have been fortunate to have an amazing intern again this year. Dani, a student at Ithaca College in the USA, has been with us since August and we’ll be very sad to see her leave us next week! We thought you’d all like to meet her…
I’m a junior at Ithaca College in the United States of America. I’m studying sports media, as well as minoring in journalism and marketing. Besides interning for the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, I am taking three classes at the Ithaca College London Center, where I’ve been studying at this past semester.
Since interning at the Foundation, I’ve had the privilege to attend various workshops put on by the London office, which included C.V. writing, film-making and anti-bullying. I’ve been able to interact with young people throughout all parts of London, which helped me feel fully immersed in the culture.
Some of the work I’ve done is managing the social media accounts. I worked to help develop media pieces and different kinds of content for our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. I’ve also helped with the launch of the South London 4 South London campaign, which focuses on working together with Dulwich Hamlet F.C, ASPIRE and small business throughout South London to help change the perceptions of young people. I’ve used the writing skills I learned back in the States to help with media advisories and feature stories, as well as drafting social media posts.
The main thing I’ve learned since interning at RFF is the importance of putting an emphasis on young people and giving them an environment in which they can succeed. Through attending different workshops, I’ve seen how willing the young people are to learn and to help themselves, which has been extremely inspiring to watch. This amazing internship has also allowed me to experience the culture of the U.K, which is not something I’m always able to get in my classes. I loved my semester in London and a huge part of that was because of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation.
Thanks so much for all of your help and hard work Dani – we’ll miss you!