Lifting the Veil: My Journey through an Internship at Canopy NWA

As I reflect on my time with Canopy, I can’t help but reminisce about the diverse experiences this internship has given me thus far. I am completing my internship in communication through Canopy for the University of Arkansas, where I am a senior in college. Starting in January of 2024, I was welcomed with open arms by the case management department, while also shadowing the communications team.
Little did I know that each day at Canopy would bring new challenges, lessons, and moments of self-discovery.

From the very first day, I found myself immersed in a dynamic environment, surrounded by passionate people who are dedicated to helping refugees in the NWA community. As an intern with the case management department, I was able to dive headfirst into various projects; ie. helping with transportation for clients to and from appointments and filling out and filing documents for clients and their families. It is important for refugees settling into NWA to have the resources they need to craft normalcy in their new environment. Whether in providing transportation to healthcare appointments, helping them navigate the grocery store, or something as simple as dropping off diapers provides them the opportunities to create their new life here in Arkansas. The case management department here at Canopy works tirelessly to make that happen, and I am grateful to have worked under those continuing to make an impact for clients and their families.

I think the most important lesson I have learned so far is the importance of teamwork. In a field where collaboration is paramount, I have had the opportunity to work alongside those who all share a common goal: helping others. Here at Canopy, we brainstorm ideas, tackle complex challenges, and celebrate victories often. Reflecting on my time thus far, I can’t help but feel grateful for the opportunities my internship has granted me. Looking ahead, I am excited to see where this journey takes me.

Witten by Emily Hewett, a Canopy NWA Intern | May 6th, 2024

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