Welcome Our Summer Intern, Marisa Gonzales!

Marisa helping out at our last Writing

Workshop at Pacoima High School

As I finished up my second year of college, I began to understand the immense opportunities a good internship can bring to an individual. I realized that summer is no longer simply about a break from classrooms and midterms, but it is also an opportunity to expand my knowledge in areas other than American literature and abnormal psychology. Throughout high school, my mother and I volunteered with many organizations through the National Charity League, which expanded my passion for philanthropy and nonprofit work. As I searched for a fitting summer internship, I discovered the work Hollywood HEART does for at-risk youth and was instantly captivated.

I am currently a student at the University of Miami majoring in psychology with sociology and public health minors. Since I do not have an exact idea of what I want my career to look like in the future, I decided to apply for an internship where I would be excited to go to work every day, learn the ins and outs of how organizations function, and make a difference in my community. This internship fits my needs perfectly. I have already learned numerous valuable skills in the short three weeks I have been a part of the Hollywood HEART family.

This summer I will work to improve our social media and press presence as well as help with website updates and e-mail blasts. In addition, I will assist with events and volunteer outreach. At the end of the summer, I will help with the 7th annual Camp Hollywood HEART for youth impacted by HIV/AIDS. I am grateful to have been given this opportunity and look forward to everything else I am going to learn this summer!