Written by Plant With Purpose on September 13, 2012 in General
We’re super excited to introduce our new, 2.5-lingual, debate savvy, research extraordinar, fall grant writing intern, Michelle Diaz.
My name is Michelle Diaz, and I’m currently finishing my final semester at Point Loma Nazarene University with a major in International Studies. I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to be the new grant writing intern! I first heard about this organization through one of my professors, and after reading Plant With Purpose’s mission statement, I knew that this internship was an answer to prayer. I had been searching for one that not only gave me valuable experience in the world of nonprofits, but also propelled me toward my future goal of working with an international organization that promotes human rights. Additionally, as a grant writer I will have the opportunity to do TONS of research and writing, which is something I absolutely love to do—not to mention meet some pretty awesome people, and develop new skills before I go out into the big scary world of college grads.
My interest in the environment and development started at a pretty young age. I grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico, and there I was exposed to an entirely different way of living. This experience developed within me a love for languages, cultures, and above all a passion for helping people. I was fortunate enough to spend a semester studying abroad last year in St. Petersburg, Russia, and similar to Mexico, I saw many injustices, lack of resources, and environmental exploitation that permeated the lives of these communities. I desire to use my gifts to impact those who face many of these similar issues, and I truly believe that Plant With Purpose is doing just that by empowering individuals both economically and spiritually.
I’m looking forward to learning and contributing as much as I can toward this incredible organization!