Inspiring Minds Internship guest blog

Over the past few weeks, I have completed a summer internship with York Cares, specifically working on the programme Inspiring Minds. Being an intern was a fantastic opportunity and I have thoroughly enjoyed having the chance to work with such an amazing charity. The experience has opened my eyes to the impact that the charity has on the community, and has given me a very valuable inside perspective on the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make that happen. The internship involved a mixture of opportunities, such as helping out with Inspiring Minds school trips, supporting with Day in the Life sessions and collecting feedback in primary schools, helping out at the Golden Moments awards night, and writing an evaluation report on what the Inspiring Minds programme has achieved in the past year.

The highlight of the internship for me was probably the Golden Moments awards. It was so inspiring to see most of the employee-volunteers all in one place and hear their stories of volunteering. It has helped me recognise the true value that volunteering has on the community, and has motivated me to do more myself. A very rewarding part of the internship was collecting feedback from pupils who had taken part in Inspiring Minds activities, and hearing about how much they enjoyed the day and passing this praise onto the employee-volunteers.

The experience was extremely valuable and has given me a clearer picture of what I would like to do in the future, and after University I am hoping to work with children and young adults in a psychological setting. I would recommend interning with York Cares because it is a fantastic, hands-on way to learn about employee-volunteering and to learn more about yourself too.

Chloe Hodgson, York St John Psychology Student.