Meet Our Summer INNterns!

Name: Adam Curtis
School: American University
Team: Communications
Hometown: Arlington, Virginia

Why did you want to intern at The Inn?

Being able to gain valuable experience while also helping others seemed like the ideal situation for me. I truly believe in what The Inn stands for, and so I thought it was the perfect fit.

What’s a day in the life of an Inn intern like?

The hours are very flexible, so depending on the day, I’ll get here between 9:30 and 11am. From helping edit blog posts to writing articles for an upcoming newsletter, there is always something to keep me busy, but not to the point where I’m drowning in work. Some days, I attend the events at The Inn, or help interview current residents, so getting to meet and work with the children is truly a humbling experience.

What is one thing you hope to learn or accomplish during your time here?

As a communications intern and public relations major, I would love to continue developing and improving my writing style. I have no doubt in my mind that I’ll be able to get better by the summer’s end.

Who or what inspires you? Why?

Honestly, as cheesy as it sounds, the children here are inspirational. To go through what many of them must endure at such young ages and to still be able to have a smile on their faces, it really puts things into perspective. Fretting over the little things in life seems pointless when there are kids half my age going through way worse, remaining steadfast throughout the whole process.

Describe the last time you laughed.  

I was watching a comedy special by Mike Birbiglia on Netflix last night and was laughing all the way through. While I rarely laugh out loud when I’m by myself, I did so several times throughout the special because I love his story-telling style of comedy that is so relatable.

Fun Fact: I’m really into running, and even ran a marathon last year.

 

Name: Abby Sylvester
School: James Madison University
Team: Family Programming
Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia

Why did you want to intern at The Inn?

I love kids and being able to serve others, and this amazing opportunity at The Children’s Inn allows me to combine my passions with my talents and knowledge.

What’s a day in the life of an Inn intern like?

Every day is a little bit different.  I typically spend the first few hours of my day planning for future programs and preparing for programs happening later in the day.  Some days we go on field trips in the afternoons with families, but most days I attend and help facilitate different activities for the kids at the Inn, as well as provide any assistance to family dinner volunteers when needed.

What is one thing you hope to learn or accomplish during your time here?

I hope to solidify my career aspirations and gain valuable experience with program planning and management.

Who or what inspires you? Why?

Hands down, my mom.  She is selfless, kind, and giving.  She is also headstrong, outgoing, and driven.  In my eyes, there is nothing she can’t do.  I know sometimes she feels like she doesn’t do enough for me and my siblings, but she has always gone above and beyond for us.  I am so lucky to call her my mother, counselor, confidant, and best friend, and I hope to someday be half the woman she is.

Describe the last time you laughed.

I feel like I am constantly laughing and having a good time here.  Last night, we took some of the families to a Nationals baseball game and got to go into the stadium early to watch batting practice right next to the field.  Sydney, the other programming intern, REALLY likes the Nationals and was totally fangirling the entire time.  She just about passed out when Bryce Harper waved to her.  I’m pretty sure watching her watch them was infinitely more entertaining than actual batting practice, and I was near tears laughing the entire time.

Fun Fact: For my Sweet Sixteen, instead of having a party for myself, I had a Toys For Tots benefit and raised over 200 toys for the charity.

 

Name: Sydney Moskowitz
School: Penn State University
Team: Family Programming
Hometown: Potomac, Maryland

Why did you want to intern at The Inn?

I’ve always had a passion for working with children and youth and helping people. I heard about the wonderful support and care the Inn gives and I wanted to be a part of it. It’s a great fit with my previous experience working with kids with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

What’s a day in the life of an Inn intern like?

Every day is different and that is what I love! There are different activities every day that we help run. We also go on at least one field trip a week! Starting in June, I will be helping plan the everyday activities of Camp INNcredible!

What is one thing you hope to learn or accomplish during your time here?

I hope to gain the skills needed to work in an environment that supports patients and their families when they need it the most, I also hope to make an impression with these patients and families and somehow, even if it’s small, make their lives easier. Even if it’s just to help them forget about what they are going through for a short time.

Who or what inspires you? Why?

The children at the Inn inspire me. Despite their situation, it is amazing that these kids can put a smile on their face. Seeing these kids smile inspires me to work harder and make them even happier.

Describe the last time you laughed.

Abby, the other intern I work with, had to act as a mermaid at the Only Make Believe program. At this program, they perform an interactive show. They made her put on a red wig and yell “SHARK!” in front of the audience.

Fun Fact: My middle name is Starr!