I am starting an unpaid internship at the Mormon Channel, the LDS Church's official radio station. It is a 24-hour streaming radio found on radio.lds.org. This is my last semester at BYU. Then I will be a full-time worker... hmmm.
The purpose of this post is to explain WHY I would do an unpaid internship when there are opportunities for paid internships.
For the past couple of years I've said my dream would be to have a job helping the Church, in a communications setting. When I saw the flier on the wall right outside the communications internship office that said an Internship Position at LDS Radio was available, I knew I wanted it. I started contacting who I needed to right away and made it to an orientation meeting not too long after that was held at the radio station which is located inside the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. I felt at home and met a lot of the people working there. Everyone seemed on the same page- they were working hard to make the Church's radio station great in order to inspire Mormons and non-Mormons around the world to be more like Christ. After the orientation I contacted them to thank them for their time and let them know I was still interested in doing my internship there.
Now I have started and I feel even more convinced that's where I should be every day. It's interesting, being willing to work so many hours without getting paid and feeling good about it. Michael has been understanding because I explained how "right" it feels and what an opportunity it is for me.
So, the answer to my question, "Why do you do what you do?", I do this because I know it's right. When have I regretted doing what I know is right? Never! Even if it doesn't make us any money, I've had enough experiences that show me that God doesn't leave his kids in the dust if they do what's right, in other words, it will all work out (click to see one of my favorite quotes).
I am sure I'll be sharing more about my experience as an intern there in the future... Have a great day and don't forget to ask yourself.... Why do I do what I do?