JDRF Interns – Amber Puckett


This past Spring and Summer, we here at JDRF Middle TN were SO fortunate to have not one – but TWO – amazing interns! Both of these ladies went above and beyond in their duties to help us out here at the office and at events! We asked both ladies to write a quick blog about their experience with us here at JDRF so we could share it with all our supporters!

Today, we’ll hear from Amber Puckett. Amber interned with JDRF from January to August! Here’s what she had to say about her experience with us!

“My name is Amber Puckett, and I am a rising senior at Middle Tennessee State University.  This year I have had the privilege to be the JDRF Middle Tennessee Intern for the Spring and Summer. While at JDRF, I have gotten to experience many life changing events that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. My sister is a Type 1 Diabetic and I never would have gotten involved with JDRF if it wasn’t for her. She was given the honor to speak at the 2016 Summer Soiree in Murfreesboro, TN. During this time I got to meet with the staff and got to know them, because of that, when it came time for me to pick an internship for school, JDRF Middle Tennessee was the first I contacted.

                Since my Major is Leisure, Sports, and Tourism with a focus in event planning I have thoroughly loved assisting with events and helping with the fundraising. While at JDRF, I was given the opportunity to help with many different events, but my favorite would have to be the Promise Gala that was held at the Omni Nashville Hotel in April. It was a great feeling being able to see all the fundraising items that I helped procure, and knowing that I helped with such a big part of the night. It was such a beautiful event and an honor to be there when we raised a record breaking $1.6 Million that would go towards Type 1 Diabetes research.

                If anyone is looking for an internship to get real life and firsthand experience at fundraising this is the job for you. It is a great feeling being able to help with a cause that you are passionate about. Even though my journey of being an intern with JDRF is coming to an end, I am staying involved by being a team captain for the JDRF One Walk this September. I am continuing to raise money for the cause, and can’t wait to attend the event! Even though I myself am not a Type 1 Diabetic, I am honored to work with such a great organization that not only raises money to help find a cure for my sister, but for all future children as well.”


We love having interns help us! If you, or someone you know, is looking for an internship and is interested interning with JDRF please email Victoria Cumbow for more information!