An Unexpected and Life Changing Experience

Hello everybody! My name is Britney Utt and I am a Criminal Justice major at Appalachian State University. The last required thing for me to do to graduate was doing a full-time internship so I started looking in the fall semester of 2020. Due to COVID-19, finding an internship was hard and one of my last chances was Hospitality House. I didn’t know much about this organization before my interview, so I decided to do a lot of research to be prepared for the interview. I think that all of the other organizations did not work out for a reason because I think I was meant to be at Hospitality House this semester! Since I am a full-time intern, I learned quickly how things run at Hospitality House and I also learned to never take a silence moment for granted.

I was very nervous going into this internship due to the fact that I have never worked with this population before. My nerves quickly went away because I was so welcomed by the staff here at Hospitality House and the residents. Throughout my time here, I learned much more than I could have ever imagined. I met so many amazing people including the residents at Hospitality House, the staff members, and also my fellow interns. I have made so many amazing memories and I will cherish them forever. If you are thinking of applying for an internship… you should, I promise it will change your life!

P.S. Keeva is the BEST… if you know, you know (:

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Hospitality House, a regional nonprofit homeless services agency, works in seven rural North Carolina counties (Watauga, Wilkes, Ashe, Avery, Alleghany, Mitchell, Yancey) providing housing, shelter, hunger relief, homeless prevention, street outreach, counseling and crisis assistance. Since 1984, the mission of Hospitality House has been to rebuild lives and strengthen community by providing a safe, nurturing, healthy environment in which individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty-related crises are equipped to become self-sufficient and productive. Federal Tax ID 56-1442966.

Non-Discrimination Policy: Hospitality House does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, class, income status, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. As an intern you are expected to represent the Hospitality House and adhere to our Non-Discrimination Policy. 

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