Student Information

Student Name

Natalie Saldarriaga




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Children's Brain Tumor Foundation

Mentor(s):Ericia Antoine

Topic of Internship

Public Relations

Background Information

Located in Manhattan, Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by parents, physicians, and friends. CBTF’s mission is to: “to improve the treatment, quality of life and the long term outlook for children with brain and spinal cord tumors through research, support, education, and advocacy to families and survivors”. CBTF educates battling children and survivors on life during treatment, life after treatment, school interruption, and uncertainty about the future. Along with educating, CBTF also funds “cutting edge research” to improve the lives of affected children.

Summary of Internship

Every Thursday morning I take the NJ Transit 166 to Port Authority and walk about 15 minutes to the office on 247 Madison Avenue. Usually when I get to my internship there are a few letters that have been sent back from the post office due to a wrong address. I go onto the foundations database and put in a new address or remove the donor from the database. Every Thursday is different for me. Sometimes I spend most of the day mailing out letters, some days I will be assigned to research venues to hold fundraisers or look for prizes to give out during fundraisers. There have been two occasions where I was asked to design the programs for the fundraisers. I also ran errands with my mentor around the city. As an intern at the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation I have learned many things ranging from how to properly send letters to how to properly communicate with others on a professional level. I believe the most important thing I have learned from CBTF is how an office runs. I have learned that everyone has a different role but everyone comes together in the end to help run the foundation. Being an intern at CBTF has been such a great experience so far and I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to become a part of the CBTF team.

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