Meet Dani: TK Fall 2017 Intern

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A THINK KINDNESS INTERN: MEET DANI

Erin- “Dani have you done (cool new media/PR/Strat Comm thing)?”

Me- “No, I don’t think so.”

Erin- “Okay, we’re gonna learn.”  

And then we’re off… tackling anything from school tours, social media strategy, events, or even holing up at one of the many coffee shops in Reno brainstorming the next big idea.

But are you learning anything?  This internship just seems like a lot of fun and games…

I mean, it is a lot of fun and games — we’re creating great content!  I get to see first hand what it’s like to not only create a kindness movement, but what goes into running a nonprofit, creating content or even how to organize all the odds and ends that go all over the country. I mean it when I say that there isn’t anything I’m against learning.  And I believe there isn’t anything Erin is against teaching me.

Let’s backtrack a bit, how did you first hear of Think Kindness?

About five years ago, I sat on a bleacher seat with my fellow peers at Spanish Springs High School and listened to a speaker rally our group of rowdy teenagers to collect shoes. This speaker made rounding up the shoes from your closet and sending them off to some distant owner in Africa, cool.  

He made big acts of kindness cool.  Now his message was simple, start with acts of kindness at the school level in and around our hallways, and then make a difference at a global level.  It seemed so simple, just act with kindness.  Like so many other students, thousands actually, that simple message of kindness stuck with me.

In fact it stuck with me until my super senior year of college when the time came to seek out an internship.  A little lost and unsure I went to my professor for an idea on where to intern.

She asked me “Well what do you care about?” And the first thing that burned in my throat to say was “bullying.” My professor then suggested Think Kindness and I was reminded of those bleacher seats five years ago, and Brian’s message about kindness.

It had been Brian who spoke to my school all those years ago, and I had no idea that the organization was out of Reno, looking for interns at the very time I was looking for an internship.  If that’s not the universe conspiring for me, then I don’t know what is.

Now I’ve been given this awesome opportunity to be a part of the very organization that had such an impact on my life in the first place. I am so thankful for Brian and Erin and their support as I begin this internship.

 

GET TO KNOW THE THINK KINDNESS TEAM, TURBO EDITION 

Out of the three individuals holding down the TK office, Erin, Brian and Dani who is…

More competitive? As much as I don’t like to admit it, if there’s a stopwatch or buzzer involved a whole different side of Dani comes out of me, and it’s not pretty.  

Drinks more coffee?

Me, the intern, simply because running  a nonprofit is no easy feat, and takes a lot of caffeine courage.  So therefore, I am constantly trying to keep up with the amount of caffeine Erin drinks.

First to die in a horror film? How?

I’m going to have to say Erin on this one, and probably because she dropped her phone and wasn’t able to call for help!

Most likely to win a million dollars?

Erin, and probably for creating some really cool media content, or being awarded for being a great mentor.

Most likely to have their own talk show?

Brian for sure! I think I can see Brian having his own talk show where he inspires people, shows random funny videos, and makes his own motivational content.

Spends longest amount of time in mirror in the AM?

Definitely Brian. I imagine him practicing facial expressions in the mirror that he might use throughout an assembly or on a school tour.

We’re so happy to have Dani as our intern this semester, stay tuned as she works hard creating content, learns about social media strategy and how to run a nonprofit. 

For internship opportunities, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Operations Director, Erin Fuss, 775-636-8026 or via email at erin@thinkkindness.org

We are proud to work with the University of Nevada, Reno (both Brian, Erin, and soon-to-be Dani’s Alma Mater) and the Reynolds School of Journalism or Community Health Science programs to create an in-depth, hands-on, internship program.