Intern Testimonials

Zoe Rivers

Zoe Rivers

What impact did you see Urban Perform having on the community?

For the residents in the Vine City/English Avenue area UP is not just a gym, it is also safe place for the community to build new relationships, to become more educated about their health, to take advantage of FREE youth programs, and to shop for affordable and fresh groceries.

What advice/encouragement would you give a future intern or someone considering the internship?

Have fun! Whether I was teaching class, helping with the after-school program, getting to know neighbors, or working on projects with Laura, Sasha, or Julie, we always had a great time. UP is one of the few places that truly allows you to have a great time whenever you step foot into the place!

What did you learn from your internship?

Change happens one person at a time. Interning at UP allowed me to form special relationships with members and truly get to learn about some of their personal success stories. I definitely left UP with a new appreciation for people and gained a huge amount of respect for the paths that led them to UP.

 

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Julie Shearer

Why did you choose to intern at UP?

I chose to intern at UP because I was excited about the mission and vision of the organization. I loved that UP brought together two my biggest passions, fitness and helping others.

What did you learn from your internship?

Interning at UP allowed me to learn a number of things, many of which I did not anticipate. I gained valuable business and organizational experience. Every day at UP is full of surprises and because of this I learned to be flexible and how to adjust to changes and challenges in daily operations and scheduling. Many of the things I learned during my time at UP are hard to quantify as they were relational. UP gave me the opportunity to learn more about myself and grow in many ways.

What impact did you see Urban Perform having on the community?

Urban Perform is impacting the communities it seeks to serve in Atlanta. Member’s eyes are being opened to the value of exercise and they are learning that exercise can be life changing! Urban Perform is bringing community members together. Urban Perform is meeting a huge need of the community. They are providing a place for people to start their journey towards a healthier lifestyle. UP is more than a gym in this community, it is a place where people encourage one another, build relationships, and pursue healthy lifestyles together.

 

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Emma D’Antoni
What did you learn from your internship?

As with any internship, I learned and grew through the entire internship. Not only did I learn about fitness and daily operations of a nonprofit gym, but I also grew personally and professionally. I got to see real public health problems and work towards finding real solutions. More than anything, I had first hand experiences outside of the classroom.

What advice/encouragement would you give a future intern or someone considering the internship?

Take initiative! Urban Perform is a great nonprofit with boundless opportunities. As the intern you have the honor of writing part of this story. Always be on the lookout for tasks to do, people to meet and things that might need attention. Don’t be afraid to come up with creative ideas and try new things. Both you and Urban Perform will benefit from this!