Every summer we have the privilege of recruiting a group of young adults for our internship program here at Focus. We believe it’s important to invest in the next generation of men and women who will carry the torch for faith and family! Rebecca Wirth was our 2018 intern in the Master Writers department. These are her reflections on her experience in the internship program. – Jim Daly
On any given Tuesday morning this summer, you could find me with five of my fellow interns sitting at a table at Focus on the Family, chatting about everything from the weather to biblical truths. Those Tuesday mornings taught me a lot about myself, the people around me, and the Lord. This was just one of the many ways that faith was central to my internship experience.
Now, I naturally expected biblical faith to play a big role in my time at Focus on the Family. But I was pleasantly surprised at just how integral it was to everything we did. For example, our daily devotions helped me realize that starting every work day with Scripture and prayer really makes a noticeable difference! I was also encouraged by how we prayed for our constituents, no matter how big or small their prayer requests. Lifting these people up to the Lord with my co-workers was humbling and unique, and it was encouraging to hear how the Lord had answered some of those requests.
Within the first week, I quickly learned that I was part of something bigger than just a few writing projects. I saw how my assignments helped further Focus’ ministry of helping families thrive in Christ. Every letter, email, blog post, and discussion question I wrote helped serve those who turned to Focus for advice, prayer, and encouragement. It was a blessing to be a part of that mission even for a short time. I realized during my ten weeks that Focus on the Family’s employees are committed to the six core biblical values, and that dedication inspired me and made me proud to be an intern there.
My time at Focus taught me many practical lessons as well. I learned that I couldn’t make connections or develop relationships by sitting at my computer the whole time. My advice to future interns, even if they are shy like me, would be this: Take advantage of what your internship has to offer. And in the relatively short time you have, do something that may be uncomfortable initially, and learn things you couldn’t have imagined. You never know how it will help you grow!
At the beginning of my summer I was so excited to begin my time at Focus, and I felt prepared since I was already familiar with the organization. But I learned so much during my summer there, and left with much more than just writing experience. I gained some good friends from among my fellow interns and employees, and I grew in my walk with the Lord, changed by the impact we made on families around the world.
My internship was valuable in more ways than I expected, and I am so grateful for the experience! If you are looking for a challenging, rewarding, and fun summer, I would encourage you to get involved in Focus on the Family’s internship program.