Friends of Aine is proud to welcome our first summer intern! Bailey is a student at Boston University interested in child development. Here is what Bailey shared about her background and experience at Friends of Aine:

“My name is Bailey Rymes and I am a junior at Boston University studying Psychology. I have always loved working with children and plan on pursuing a master’s degree in child development after I finish my undergraduate degree. I hope to someday become a child life specialist, working closely with children with disabilities and special needs.

I was drawn to Friends of Aine because of their mission to provide grieving children and families in New Hampshire with bereavement services and resources, all for free. While researching Friends of Aine, I read the Phillips family’s story and was incredibly touched and inspired by their strength, resilience, and ability to use their own personal experience to help others. I’ve learned that although childhood bereavement is very common and profoundly impactful on a child’s wellbeing, that it’s still extremely under-supported and under-funded in New Hampshire. Friend’s of Aine is the only organization in NH whose sole mission is to help grieving children and families. After learning all of this, I knew that I wanted to help Friends of Aine in any way that I could.

So far in my internship I have worked on many administrative tasks and projects, including making an in-depth book list for grieving children and doing outreach for donations and support for our big summer Kid’s Try-athlonn. I have also had the opportunity to attend a few local meetings, dinners, and charitable events with Friends of Aine, which have all been incredibly informative and great learning experiences. Currently, I am very focused on organizing our annual Butterfly Release Remembrance and finding raffle items for our Kid’s Try-athlon. I have gained so much from this internship already, including experience working with a nonprofit, knowledge of new psychology models used in childhood bereavement, and an overall greater understanding of the child bereavement field. I am so happy to be an intern at Friends of Aine and so thankful to work with such wonderful people!”

-Bailey Rymes