In the early month April, I was preparing for my summer internship in Washington, DC. As I boarded the airplane on May 29th leaving Clearwater, Florida, I remembered saying, “this is just the beginning of a new life.” I had just graduated with my Bachelor’s and was ready to start my career fighting for foster youth in our nation’s capital.
During my first week in Washington, I thought it would be hard to adjust with no family or friends around. However, as the days went on, I realized that it was time for me to go after my dreams and truly learn through this experience. I spent the summer interning with the Senate Finance Committee and being a part of the policy world.
As the end of my internship neared, I was faced with a tough decision of staying in DC to pursue my dream, or returning home to my siblings and friends and the only life I only ever knew. I decided this was my chance to make something happen for myself, and I approach my supervisors expressing my interest to stay in the position longer.
I’m excited to report that for three weeks now I have been working as a “Deputy Intern Coordinator Assistant”. I could not be where I am today without the experience I had this summer as a FYI Intern. I was forced out of my comfort zone and have conquered many fears that ultimately led me to reach this goal I had set of obtaining a permanent job in DC.
Fellow 2010 FYI Interns, you guys encouraged me to be steadfast in my dreams and not let anything get in my path! There were days, many of you made me laugh, but most importantly, you all showed your love and passion to make a difference within the child welfare system. Together, we can make a change and provide hope to the thousands of children in foster care. Just remember, no matter where you are, or what you’re going through, we are family and family stick together.
CCAI, thank you for believing in us and opening our eyes to the world of endless opportunities made available! Five years ago, I would have thought I was dreaming! But, because of you, I have been exposed to a new world of opportunities, new life journey and a forever family. Because of your endless dedication, I have been given an adopted family (always dreamed of), through Carri. Thank you so much. This allowed me to see how God works and realize those who surround me, truly care and want to see me proposer. Because 5 years from now- you will know you had a part of my success!
-Nicole Marchman, 2010 Foster Youth Intern