Student Information

Student Name

Anexis Ruiz



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Internship Information

Company/Organization: Comedy Cures

Mentor(s):Patti Roiz

Topic of Internship


Background Information

Background Information The Comedy Cures Foundation was founded by Saranne Rothberg in 1999 on her chemo bed. Saranne Rothberg is a stage IV cancer survivor who was greatly inspired by the writings of Norman Cousins, the pioneer of therapeutic humor truly found medicine in laughter. With this knowledge she wanted to take her joy, optimism and kind heart world wide. Praised for their humor and humanitarian efforts, Saranne and her ComedyCures team have won many recognitions including, New York City Recreation & Parks Society, The Rotarian, Yoplait/Self Magazine/Komen, The Las Vegas Comedy Festival and more. Oprah features Saranne as her "Hero" in her book, "Live Your Best Life". CNN features Saranne as their expert on Happiness, Laughter, Hope & Health! She has also shared her expertise on NBC, ABC, CBS, and PBS and in many major publications like The New York Times, O Magazine, Ladies Home Journal and more.. The ComedyCures Mission: Through private and corporate donations, and the goodwill and humor of the comedy industry, it is our mission to entertain and educate kids and grown-ups living with illness, their families, and medical caregivers about the benefits of laughter and a comic perspective on the mind, body, and spirit. The ComedyCures Vision: Through our innovative, joy-filled programs and live-events, ComedyCures provides people living with illness the opportunity to integrate joy and laughter into each day.

Summary of Internship

Summary of Internship As an intern at the Comedy Cures Foundation, I carry out many tasks of the nonprofit world. I help out my mentor with database very often. This includes organizing the information of patients, donors, doctors, care takers and other companies. In addition every week I record the Comedy Cures Laugh Line, which is a phone line that recites a daily joke to bring light to the callerís day. Outside of the office I work at the many Comedy Cures events. These events include Laughing Lunch, Fundraising events and the Comedy Cures auction. At these events I have the most fun. Seeing people laugh and rooms filled with happiness really inspires me to be the best person I can be and to always give back to my community. My responsibilities range from setting up and commanding the AV systems, to photography, helping with seating, putting together goodies bags and sometimes announcing the show. There is a wide range of opportunities at this organization.And no matter how big or small my job is at the foundation they always make me feel apart of the Comedy Cures family

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