An Unconventional Internship

Meet Tara Miller, Director of strategic projects, GSK

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25 years, 25 stories

At the HYPE youth leadership summit in the fall of 2016, Tara Miller smiled in front of a “Healthy You. Positive Energy.” banner in a T-shirt that encouraged the 200-plus students in attendance to “Dare to be HYPE.” Tara had taken a big dare herself: Six months earlier, she had joined The Food Trust as an intern of sorts—one with more than a decade of experience in project management in the pharmaceutical industry.

Tara came to The Food Trust and the Get HYPE Philly! program through the GSK PULSE Volunteer program, which matches employees with nonprofits for a six-month sabbatical. It was a step out of her corporate comfort zone, Tara recalls, but “when I saw the program, it just kind of hit home for me that I actually have a lot of skills that I could offer.”

Get HYPE Philly!, a collective of 10 nonprofits supported by GSK, was a perfect fit for Tara’s interests in developing youth leaders and creating healthy communities. In her time with The Food Trust, she helped Get HYPE Philly! create communications and sustainability plans and pilot a youth entrepreneurship program with The Enterprise Center. The most memorable days, however, were those spent in the field, getting to know the students. “I work at a pharma company whose goal is to enrich and enhance patients’ lives, but I don't get a lot of that direct interaction,” Tara says.

“Now that I'm back at GSK, my time at The Food Trust has really reenergized me, “ she says, “and developed me from a leadership perspective and an emotional intelligence perspective. I've gained so much more than I could have ever given.”

Tara is one of thousands of employees, volunteers and supporters who make the work of The Food Trust possible. Learn how you can get involved.

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This interview is part of our weekly "25 Years, 25 Stories" series, spotlighting some of The Food Trust's diverse voices in healthy food access. If you would like to support our work, click here to make a tax-deductible donation today.

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