5 questions with Shana Guzick
Shana Guzick is the summer intern for AIDS Services of Dallas. In the fall, she will be a senior at Boston University. Her major is advertising. She is originally from Dallas, and jumped at the chance to come back to fill the ExxonMobil-sponsored intern position.
How did you get involved with ASD?
I had never heard of it except for a friend who worked here last summer. He told me that he loved it and was really excited about all of things he learned here. My friend said you get the oprotunity to help a lot of people, and he just raved about all of his co-workers. So after hearing his review, I knew I wanted to work here.
What have you been doing this summer?
My main project is working on getting publicity out about the No Tie Dinner. It’s our annual fundraiser. To do that, I’ve been making databases and sending out mailers and such. Plus, I’m doing the normal intern stuff too. That means lots of copies and helping them move offices.
What has been your favorite part about working for ASD?
Well, this is the only job I have ever really liked, so there are lots of favorite parts. But probably, the surprise at how advertising was able to work into the job so well. I recently made an ad for one of our upcoming events, and I didn’t think I would get to do that here. It’s nice to help out a cause and not just be selling a loaf of bread or something like that.
What will you take away from your time here?
I used to do a lot of community service, and I haven’t in a long time. I’ll take away knowledge that this is something I like to do. And you can do both nonprofit and a solid job. I’m not sure what the future holds for me, but I know now that nonprofit is definitely an option.
What do you want people to know about ASD?
It’s not so much about AIDS Services, but I want them to know more about people living with HIV and AIDS. They are normal people. When you meet them in real life, you realize it should not be as taboo as it is. That is what we try to tell people here at AIDS Services. They lead normal lives but just need some encouragement and help to get back on their feet. Many even stay with us for a short time so they can regroup and then live on their own again.
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 27, 2007