Rob’s reflection as our volunteer intern

We recently said goodbye to our Marketing & Communications intern Rob Di Giovanni after having him as part of our team for nearly six months. During his time with the Foundation Rob helped write many of the news articles you will read on our website and also contributed his enthusiasm, creativity and ideas to a number of different projects.

Here, in his own words, Rob reflects on his experience:

Initially I began looking for an internship because I assumed it was the thing to do.

I was entering my final year at University as a Marketing and Entrepreneurship student and had no formal marketing experience. Essentially, in the eyes of an employer, I was not the ideal candidate. That’s when I decided to apply for the opening as the PMH Foundation Marketing and Communications intern.

On a lazy Sunday in February, after updating my resume and writing a rather good cover letter I hit send on the email applying for the position. With a job well done, I patted myself on the back.

Then I got a response.

“Hi Rob,
Thanks for your email and for your interest in our Marketing & Communications intern position.
Unfortunately we filled the position on Friday, so I received your application a little too late to be considered for the role.”

Well then.

The story didn’t end there however. About a month later, long after I had given up applying for internships, I received another reply.

“Hi Rob,
I am emailing as our Marketing & Communications internship position has opened up again. If you are still interested in coming in and helping out it would be great if you could come in for a coffee and chat next week. Please let me know if you’re available.”

Thinking back, it’s hard to remember exactly how I felt when I read that email. What I do know is that it involved some frantic texts to my Mum and girlfriend, as well as reading and rereading every word.

And I mean – Every. Single. Word.

As a happy and proud member of the PMH Foundation (now Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation) team I was exposed to a wealth of real world tasks and challenges faced by modern organisations. I wrote articles and copy for the various digital mediums of the organisation, I sat in on meetings with other teams, I analysed social media accounts and tracked trends, but most of all I learned how to work in an office with others.

The technical skills were great, of course, but the thing I appreciated the most was being able to grow as a person and a member of the team alongside so many amazing people.

I learned to put my ego aside and pitch in towards a common goal.

My time at the Foundation has been life-changing and happened at a very critical time in my life. While I’m sad to be leaving my Tuesday family, I can’t wait to take what I’ve learned with me on to my next opportunity.

I would like to thank everyone at the Foundation for welcoming me into their little community.

I would also like to thank Amber and Glenda who kept me company each week in our workspace. Thank you to Janmarie for our morning chats and, most importantly, thank you to Jordan for mentoring me over the last six months and always being so willing to teach me something new or involve me in the coolest tasks of the office.

And we would like to thank you Rob for volunteering your time every week and for always being willing to help with any task. We wish you all the best with your future endeavours and with finishing your studies!

If you would like to be a part of the Foundation team through volunteering, please visit our volunteer page for all the current opportunities.

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