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The Inside Scoop: From an Intern

The V Foundation loved having Ashton Shafto as our Community Events Intern this summer. Ashton is a rising senior at Appalachian State University majoring in Psychology with a Business concentration and a minor in Non-profit Management. Here is a little bit about her perspective as an intern and some advice she has for any intern!

I had no idea what to expect of my summer internship at The V Foundation, all I knew was how excited I was about the cause. Little did I know, this summer would turn out to be one of my most rewarding internships yet.

Why The V Foundation?

Having grown up around sports and The V Foundation, interning here became a dream once I decided to go into nonprofit health sector. I am so passionate about The V Foundation’s cause because research findings saved my Grandfather’s life and has the potential to save so many others.

Advice to future interns

Remember to be professional in every situation. Always have respect for others, especially superiors, and listen carefully to what others have to say. Soak up the opportunity and learn from them. By staying focused and showing respect for others you will be able develop reliability and experience in the field.

How to be a rockstar?

Do what you are passionate about – whatever that may be. Your passion for your job will radiate from your work.

Most Thankful for

Professionally I have grown so much more this summer than during any other internship. This internship has given me the opportunity to gain confidence in myself and my work, which is invaluable to my future. I am so thankful I was able to begin pursuing my passion – cancer research.