Another semester has come and gone, which means it is time for us to say goodbye to our Spring 2013 Interns! This year we were very fortunate to have two very special young men helping us out with our HIV Medicine Recycling Program.
Nelson Campos and Firuz Khamrakulov are both juniors from the International High School at Lafayette in Brooklyn. They hail from Mexico and Uzbekistan respectively and have a bright future ahead of them in their new home here in the United States. Though their time working with AID FOR AIDS may have been short, the legacy they have left behind in the organization will have a lasting impact.
Being a non-profit organization, we often rely on the commitment and dedication of volunteers and interns. However, our Administrative Assistant, Lizette Gonzalez, explains that from the very first day there was something a little different about these two students. “We have seen many interns pass through our organization, but Nelson and Firuz displayed a surprising amount of enthusiasm and energy since day one. They took the work very seriously and performed every task in a responsible and mature way.”
During their time working with the Recycling Program, their responsibilities included assisting in the collection and storage of donated medications, filing paperwork, conducting outreach, helping to prepare administrative reports, and various other office tasks. At the end of the internship, both Nelson and Firuz agreed that they got a lot out of the hands-on experience of working in an office, which will serve them well in their future career paths.
“We had a lot of different organizations to choose from, but we decided on AID FOR AIDS because it gave us the chance to work in a professional environment while making a positive difference in the world. What I liked most about the experience is that I really felt like I was a part of a family,” said Nelson, who plans to go on to study languages in college and then possibly work for an international organization in the future.
While we are sad to see Nelson and Firuz go, we are happy to have had the opportunity to welcome them into the AID FOR AIDS family.