A GoodStart

Alyssa Raiola Communication Intern

Hi there! My name is Alyssa Raiola and I’ll be blogging and interning at Goodwill over the next two months!

I just finished up my sophomore year at Northwestern University where I’m studying Journalism and Cognitive Science. Writing has always been a passion of mine. I love telling the stories of the people I meet and the places I go. More importantly, I love to tell the stories of the world around me, which is why I’m pursuing a career in journalism.

This summer, in my internship with Goodwill, I hope to tell some of these stories. I hope to tell the stories of the people Goodwill helps through their job training programs, or the people that love to shop at the Goodwill stores.

Speaking of shopping at the Goodwill stores, I love fashion. At Northwestern, I write for a college women’s lifestyle website called Her Campus where I write about fashion, campus life, food, dating, and all other things college. Some of my favorite posts are my “style guides” where I suggest outfits to wear to a specific occasion.

This summer, I’ll be sure to include some of my “style guides” on this blog with items you can get from the Goodwill stores. As a college student I understand that our bank accounts are constantly dwindling. So, I’ll be giving you some tips and tricks to find fashionable clothes at the low Goodwill price! Thrifting is pretty trendy these days, I promise.

In addition to my fashion guides, I’ll be telling the stories of the people that Goodwill serves on the “Where the Goodwill Goes” blog. Plus, you’ll be hearing a little about my experience as an intern with Goodwill and how I’m navigating the nonprofit world as a college student.

After this summer, I’ll be heading to Seville, Spain, where I’m going to study abroad for 3 months! I’m so excited to have the opportunity to live with a host family and take classes in Spanish while I am there to really immerse myself in a new culture. I’ll admit, I’m a little nervous, but I know I’ll have an amazing time (even if I do use some Spanglish along the way).

I hope that you’ll enjoy my blogs over the next 2 months as I start my journey with Goodwill!

What are you looking forward to this summer?


Alyssa Raiola is a Journalism student at Northwestern University where she spends her time writing for campus publications, searching for new restaurants, picking the perfect Instagram filters. Although she loves jogging along Lake Michigan and exploring the Windy City, her heart lies back home in New Jersey where pizza is the right shape and bagels are a delicacy. This summer, she’s back in the Big Apple interning and blogging with Goodwill Industries before she heads off to Seville, Spain to study abroad for the fall semester.


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Documentary Follows Athlete with Autism to Safe Haven: Goodwill Store

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