Southern Belle in Training

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January 17, 2014

I am blessed beyond belief.

     Those of you who follow my on Instagram will know that I started my dream internship with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation last week! I can't even put into words how much this internship is the perfect fit for me. I love it so, so, so much, and I've only been there for two weeks!

     I go into great detail about all of the reasons that I love it: the fun atmosphere (see above picture for reference), the fact that the other two interns that I work with are awesome, the fact that my boss is wonderful, the fact that everyone who works in the hospital is super friendly, the fact that I'm interning for an organization that has one of my top career role model's names on it (that would be Ryan Seacrest in case you're missing the obvious!), the fact that the technology is state-of-the-art, or the AMAZING fact (well, I think it's amazing) that one of the days that I'm in the studio is Throwback Thursday... which means that we're playing mostly 90s and early 2000s music... which y'all know comprise most of my jams! ;-) Yes, I could go into detail about all of that, but I just want to share something with you instead that I think will make y'all appreciate how much being a Ryan Foundation intern means to me.

Picture credit: the Levine Children's Hospital Twitter account! (Although truth be told this may have been a picture that I took! My main duty while the band visited was to take pictures of them on the hospital camera :-))

     Today was the interns' first experience with celebrity guests. The studio was visited by the Fresh Beat Band from Nickelodean! The members of the band were so sweet and did an amazing interview. But the best part of the experience for me was to see the joy on the patients and family members' faces while the band was in-studio. The Fresh Beat Band held a meet-and-greet after their time on-air, and seeing the kids give them hugs was one of the most beautiful things that I've ever seen in my life. It's not easy to be sick and in the hospital, and it's even harder when you're little! These kids are so brave, and I'm so glad that these guests could help make their days a little brighter! After seeing one patient sing a beautiful song a cappella while meeting the band (and then the patient told the band how much she loved and appreciated the hospital staff), I started to cry. I really can't even describe how amazing and precious it was to witness that. And I was possibly more humbled then I have ever been in my life. It's good to be humbled like that.

    I still cannot get over how God blessed me with an internship that is so amazing.  Major shout-out to Ryan Seacrest for creating one of the coolest non-profits ever. :-) My first two weeks with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation have been crazy good, and I cannot wait to see what will happen throughout this spring!!

     "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose." -Romans 8:28 NIV

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. I'm glad that you are enjoying your internship! Working for non-profits is so fun and super rewarding!

  2. Congratulations on the internship! That is so exciting! I'm glad you like it!

  3. Congratulations on your internship, looks like your having an amazing time :)

    Rebecca Elizabeth

  4. I'm so excited for you and all the places this internship will take you! You are receiving the blessing of a lifetime. I couldn't think of another person who I would wish it for more. Doing what you love, having experiences you love, getting amazing opportunities and having your heart touched, receiving reminders to be humbled is such a rare, wonderful combination. Soak it up, darling! You have a wonderful future ahead of you.


  5. This sounds like the perfect fit for you. I bet it is nice to look back at see that all the difficulty of adjusting to a new school and such worked out because it brought you to this internship. So glad you're enjoying it :)

  6. I'm so jealous! This sounds like such an amazing internship. That's awesome that you enjoy it so much, and it's only been two weeks! You better post about all of your experiences! I definitely want to read about them.

  7. I am just now being able to go back through some of last weeks posts, so just now reading this! So happy & excited for you!! I can't even imagine all the fun you're having!!

  8. This looks like an amazing internship! Continue to be bless and walk in your faith and good things will happen to you. (: Truly inspirational

    ~Makaela at


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