Summer Intern Blog Series: Riley

Today's Summer Intern Blog post features Riley, an intern from Columbia University! Check out Riley's responses to learn more about her and what she loves most about GlamourGals!

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Introduce yourself!

My name is Riley, and I am currently a rising junior at Columbia University majoring in English and psychology.

How did you first get involved?

I first found out about GlamourGals through my university’s job posting website, where the organization posted two internships. After reading GG’s mission statement and the job description, I immediately decided to apply because I love seniors and would love to do more to bring more happiness into their lives.


What is your role in the office?

As an Operations intern, I work on PR, event planning, recruitment, and fundraising projects. Because all the interns are also running a mock-chapter together this summer, we each have a chapter-related role as well. As the treasurer, I brainstorm and organize fundraisers to raise funds for the end-of-summer event we are planning for the seniors at Phelps House, the senior home we visit weekly.  

What do you like most about working with GlamourGals?

It’s hard to pick a favorite, because there are so many things to love about GG. If I have to pick one, I would probably say it’s GG’s unique mission to bridge the gap between two generations and end elder isolation through makeovers.

One of the things I like most about working with GG is the people I get to meet and work with. I really enjoy collaborating with my fellow interns on group projects, receiving feedback and learning from our incredible GG staff, and expanding my professional network by attending mentoring breakfasts/lunches hosted by GG. Oh, and I forgot to mention the coolest people I get to meet—the seniors whom we visit each week. I really appreciate the opportunity to interact with and build relationships with them over the summer.

Has there been a senior who has positively impacted your life?

There are many seniors who have positively impacted my life. One that has, perhaps, the biggest positive impact on my life is my Contemporary Civilizations professor. He really cares about his students and taught us countless valuable life lessons. I especially appreciated his emphasis on making decisions you won't regret. His words of wisdom will always stay with me whichever path I decide to pursue.

Jessica Wallin