An Educational, Pro-Life Summer

By Lauren Ficker, RLA Intern

When I first found out about the Respect Life Apostolate internship, applying was an easy decision. Although I plan to be an elementary school teacher, I have a lot of passion for working in a non-profit, especially one like the Respect Life Apostolate.  The ability to contribute to a cause very close to my heart, Internslearn more about being pro-life and work in a Catholic environment convinced me to send in my application. I’m happy to say that I got the internship and was not disappointed in the experience I had.

This summer internship has been a truly beneficial experience. Working with three other interns, we completed group projects that include making a promotional video for the Pro-Life Video Challenge and planning two youth group meetings concerning pro-life issues. In addition, I had my own individual projects, such as writing articles and a book review, making infographics, and creating pictures for social media. These projects helped me learn what working in a non-profit would be like, in addition to gaining new skills and improving old ones.

Not only did I get work experience in a non-profit, but I was also able to learn more about the pro-life movement and various pro-life organizations. We were able to visit the Vitae Foundation, Missouri Catholic Conference, Our Lady’s Inn, Good Shepherd, and met with pro-life Senator Riddle. In addition, we had visitors come and talk with us about programs like Right START, Coalition for Life, and Project Rachel. I never expected to learn so much in just two months, but I feel much more knowledgeable and informed about pro-life issues, available resources, and the movement as a whole.

Throughout this summer, I learned so much about myself, what it means to be pro-life, and how I can contribute to the fight for life. I was challenged to do the best work I could, while being supported by a great staff. Working with passionate, hardworking people in such an encouraging, Catholic environment has been invaluable to me and will surely be beneficial to me throughout my college experience and beyond. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity and could not imagine spending my summer elsewhere. 

Lauren Ficker is a junior at Truman State University studying education and communications. She is a member of Holy Infant Parish in Ballwin.
Learn more about the Respect Life Internship here.