Summer Intern – A Brief Introduction

Published on June 8, 2011

My name is Jill Ferguson and I am a Family House intern this summer. I have only been here a week, but it only took a day for me to fall in love with this organization and the people who work here.
(Allie Safran-Left & Me-Right)
Originally from Seattle, Washington I just finished my undergraduate degree at the University of San Diego. Last Fall as graduation was approaching I started making plans for the future. I had heard about Family House through my friend Allie Safran, who had interned here two summers ago and absolutely loved it. I loved San Francisco and had always wanted to live there for a little while, plus the idea of getting experience working for a non-profit really excited me. (See I am going to Grad School in the Fall to get my Masters in Human Rights…so non-profits and I get along really well). So I emailed Alexandra like crazy over Winter Break, and after a phone interview I was lucky enough to get the job.
While going to college the hope is that not only will we find a job after graduation, but that we will find one that we are passionate about, that inspires us to jump out of bed in the morning and makes us feel like we are doing something important with our life. This is exactly the attitude I have found in the staff here at family house. They help families through some of the hardest times in their lives, giving them more then just a place to stay, but a home and a family to turn to, to celebrate the victories, and to grieve over the loses.
Though this job is only temporary, I am already inspired by the people I work with. They give me hope for the future. They prove the DREAM does exist, we can find work that is both meaningful and fun. This is the best first post-grad job I could have ever asked for, and they have set the bar high for future employers.