Before I began interning at the Connecticut chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, I knew very little about the disease. I knew its motto was “help create a world free of MS” and I had no idea how much that entails. But working at the Connecticut chapter, I’ve witnessed the intense passion my coworkers have for raising awareness about the disease and support for those who have it, that I believe their efforts will lead to finding a cure MS.
I began my internship in January (it is also available for the summer). As a journalism major, I wanted to experience public relations, so I looked for positions on Husky Career Link. At first, I was primarily focused on improving my writing. It was not until I met and interviewed a 21-year-old who had MS that I realized there was a much more important aspect of my job. It was shocking to see someone my age battle a disease that robs mobility and independence. In just a few months he had lost control of his right leg and his vision deteriorated.