In 2006, D-SIP began recruiting students for the first year of the program. Brian Restuccia was the first applicant so we asked him to write down some thoughts about his experience. Here they are!
When I was in my junior year of college, the University of Michigan career center was able to provide me with a lot of internship opportunities to help me decide what I wanted to do. There were different industries and companies that I looked at, but one opportunity especially caught my eye. I saw a listing for the Development Summer Internship Program and wanted to learn more. As a student, I had been engaged in both volunteerism and campus life through my community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. I saw D-SIP as a way to extend my relationship with the University that I love and get more involved in campus life.
The internship program was a fantastic experience. Our program director, Kat Walsh, gave my time at D-SIP structure and pushed me to get the most out of my experience as possible. In addition to the office experience, one of my favorite memories was a specific event. Our internship group went up to Petoskey for an alumni event, and we were given the challenge of meeting and networking with the alumni at the event. This pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me develop skills that are important to not just a career in development, but anywhere.
I had a lot of great experiences in D-SIP, made a lot of great friends and learned about the field of development, which I hadn’t even heard of before I applied. I think that the most impactful thing I took away from my time in D-SIP was seeing the way that the University of Michigan has touched so many lives. From hearing the scholarship stories of students that had been able to succeed because of donor generosity, to hearing about donor’s motivations about why they give, it was truly amazing to see the scope and magnitude of the impact that the University of Michigan has.
Looking back at that summer, I am filled with pride to know that I was a part of the Michigan Difference. While I currently don’t work in the nonprofit world, my experience at D-SIP has helped me select where I do work and that is something that I will take with me wherever I go. Seeing how the ripple effects of giving can touch so many lives makes it an important criteria for me in finding a company I want to work for. Knowing that impact has also kept me active and engaged in my community once I left the University of Michigan.
Thank you D-SIP for all you’ve taught me and all you’ve done for me!