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Meet our New Interns!

The Foundation has recently welcomed several new interns to the team! We’re so excited to be welcoming some new faces, and getting to work. Keep reading to learn a bit about each of them, and say goodbye to one of our former interns!

Julia Bluhm- Former Intern

I started as a Marketing/Communications intern in May 2019, and have continued to help out and be involved with the Foundation ever since. My experience as an intern taught me so much, and helped me build the skills and confidence I needed to start my fulltime job at Complexly in May 2020 once I graduated. I’m so excited to pass my torch to the next generation of PTT interns, and I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to be a part of this community!

My advice to the new interns is to try new things, learn as much as you can, and keep up with the connections you make during your internship!

Alexis Wagner- Program Intern

Tell us about yourself!

Last year student at IUB majoring in Linguistics and International Studies with a minor in German. I have a passion for working in non-profits and I hope to work internationally sometime in the future. In my free time I like to learn new languages and recently I have been trying to learn how to sew.

Why did you decide to join the Pass the Torch team?

I decided to join the Pass the Torch team to further my experience in non-profits, while making a difference in a cause I’m personally passionate about. I am personally interested in addressing inequities in education and continuing to build the network of women supporting other women.

What are you most excited about during your time as an intern?

I am excited about connecting with the community to promote the values of the foundation and being able to talk to successful women. I want to learn and try new things to grow personally and professionally.

How has mentorship impacted you, personally and professionally?

My past mentorship professionally taught me the ins and outs of non-profit work and the importance of education (specifically special education). She taught me important skills like communication and creativity. Personally, my mentor was my biggest supporter when I was physically at school and at work. She encouraged me to study what I love, have fun in life, and take risks.

Libbie Lawson- Administrative intern

Tell us about yourself!

I am currently a senior in high school and I will be continuing my education at Purdue University this upcoming fall to study Psychology. I am a very outgoing person, and I love experiencing new things!

Why did you decide to join the Pass the Torch team?

I decided to join the Pass the Torch team because I wanted to gain more experience and knowledge in the workplace on what to expect when I am beginning a job. I also wanted to join an organization that I was passionate about, and I knew that this organization’s mission was perfect for me.

What are you most excited about during your time as an intern?

I am most excited about meeting and connecting with others, while learning from successful and ambitious people!

How has mentorship impacted you, personally and professionally?

Mentorship has impacted me greatly throughout my life. Having someone to talk through things with while also receiving advice is something that I will forever be grateful for.

Annabella Cobos- Marketing/ Communications Intern

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Annabella Cobos. I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I am one of 6 kids which means I am fortunate enough to have 5 siblings who double as my best friends! I am a Junior at Butler University studying Marketing and Journalism. During my educational experience at Butler, as well as my personal experience, I discovered my passion and excitement for leadership, communication, and service. I have always wanted to work with a nonprofit organization and as the incoming Marketing/Communications intern, I am grateful for such an invaluable opportunity where I can build upon my passions and excitements.   

Why did you decide to join the Pass the Torch team?

I decided to join the Pass the Torch team because I wanted to contribute towards making meaningful changes in the lives of women throughout the community. I found myself inspired by the influential work that the Pass the Torch for Women foundation has done through its efforts of mentoring, connecting, and investing in women at all stages of their career because of the foundation’s strong belief in the value of women’s leadership. The Foundation’s vision of a supported community of women navigating their professional journeys with mentorship and support aligns with the kind of organization and movement that I aspire to be a part of!   

What are you most excited about during your time as an intern?

I am most excited to make a positive impact through my time as an intern at the Foundation. This is an opportunity where I will be able to utilize and enhance my skillset to help contribute to such a meaningful cause and I am very much so looking forward to meeting the amazing people on the team who will help guide and mentor me. Overall, I am extremely eager to be having hands on experience working with such an impactful nonprofit organization. 

How has mentorship impacted you, personally and professionally?

My high school senior quote was, “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” Throughout my professional and personal life, my mentors have always reminded me of the truth in that quote. Personally, my mentors have been the special “push” of encouragement and support, especially during the times when I didn’t know I needed it. Professionally, my mentors have helped to shape me into the “can do” person I am today and helped me conquer self- doubt.

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