Talia Weiss started her internship with the National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter in January. She is from Bainbridge Island, Washington, but is currently studying Neuroscience on the other side of the country at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. This term she decided to place herself in between home and school by interning here in Chicago.
“I came into the National MS Society having no idea what to expect, but I was met by such enthusiastic, passionate, intelligent, and genuine people here at the Society that I instantly felt welcomed and comfortable,” said Talia. “This is truly an organization that cares deeply about their cause, and you can sense this feeling as soon as you walk in the door.”
Talia is working on a variety of projects in the Marketing and Community Engagement Department. One of the projects she is working on is to help strengthen the chapter’s MS Ambassador Program, where volunteers who have a connection to MS are trained to go out into the community and speak about MS and the Society in order to spread awareness.
She is also working on another project that focuses on promoting local research. Last year the Greater IL Chapter awarded grants funded by the Illinois State Lottery to 8 local researchers to fund novel, innovative MS research projects. Talia is interviewing these researchers about their current projects to close the gap between fundraising and research.
“Every day you know that you and the people around you are helping to improve the lives of individuals throughout the state, and I think there is hardly anything more important or rewarding,” said Talia.